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Joe Hisaishi

Joe Hisaishi (arr. Yo Goto)


Subtitle: Symphonic Fantasy for Band


General Info

Year: 2004
Duration: c. 10:30
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bravo Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $145.00   |   Score Only (print) - $14.50


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I
Oboe II/English horn
English Horn
Bassoon
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I/Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I/Flugelhorn
B-flat Trumpet II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Piano
Harp (optional)
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Anvil
  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Field Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Tom (4)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wind Machine (optional)
  • Xylophone


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Program Notes

Based on Hayao Miyazaki’s animation “Howl’s Moving Castle” (2004), this Symphonic Fantasy for Band was arranged for Neagari Jr. High School Band (Kazuhiro Tanaka- director) in Nomi, Ishikawa, Japan, as concert contest non-test repertoire.

This work consists of five scenes which are freely adapted from Image Symphonic Suite (music released before the film’s premiere) and the soundtrack:

1. The Allure of Dawn (Image Symphonic Suite) 2. Wandering Sophie (Soundtrack) 3. The Courageous Cavalry (Soundtrack) 4. The Boy Who Swallowed the Star (Soundtrack) 5. The Merry-go-round of Life (Soundtrack)

To maximize the wind band’s unique sound and function, I have taken some liberty in spreading active roles throughout the ensemble. This is the motive behind the subtitle, Symphonic Fantasy for Band.

- Program Note by arranger


Howl’s Moving Castle is an animated motion picture from 2004, directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The film is set in a fictitious kingdom where both magic and 19th century technology are present. The film tells the story of a young hatter named Sophie after she is turned into an old woman by a witch’s curse. She encounters a wizard named Howl, and gets caught up in his resistance to fighting for the king. The film contains strong themes of anti-war and was influenced by Miyazaki’s opposition to the United States’ invasion of Iraq in 2003.

- Program Note by Troy Davis for San Francisco Wind Ensemble concert program, 27 August 2016


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