My Neighbor Totoro

From Wind Repertory Project
Joe Hisaishi

Joe Hisaishi (arr. Yo Goto)

Subtitle: Selections for Concert Band

General Info

Year: 1988 / 2008
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Bravo Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $145.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

There have been countless interpretations, both positive and negative, of My Neighbor Totoro. However, I was simply moved by this film’s portrait of family love, respect for the environment, exciting adventure of childhood, and people’s loving kindness. It touched my heart with its abundant colorful images.

To reflect its simplicity and unsophisticated character, this version is by no means an “elaborate” arrangement. With the tune from The Path of Wind as the introduction, this work is a medley of familiar tunes of the following scenes: 1. Stroll, 2. The Village in May, 3. Traveling Soot, 4. The Path of Wind, 5. Catbus, 6. My Neighbor Totoro .

This arrangement was specifically written for publication and recording in 2008.

- Program Note by arranger

My Neighbor Totoro is a 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and animated by Studio Ghibli for Tokuma Shoten. The film tells the story of the two young daughters (Satsuki and Mei) of a professor and their interactions with friendly wood spirits in postwar rural Japan. The film won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize and the Mainichi Film Award and Kinema Junpo Award for Best Film in 1988. It also received the Special Award at the Blue Ribbon Awards in the same year.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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