Subliminal Festa

From Wind Repertory Project
Akira Miyoshi

Akira Miyoshi

This work may also be found under the title Secret Rites.

General Info

Year: 1988 / 2001
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Maecenas Music
Cost: Score and Parts - £61.95   |   Score Only - £17.25


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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 (or Cornet) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion (3 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Glockenspiel
  • Maracas
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-tam
  • Tom-tom (3)
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This was written in 1988 for All Japan Band Competition, a work indicating the technical expertise of the Japanese band movement and its potential. In less than five minutes, Miyoshi introduces a post-Stravinsky sound world, full of the swirling energy of the opening pages of Le Sacre -- maybe it is the opening bassoon theme that suggests that to me. This is a real piece, useful as a virtuoso opening number, perhaps too short for its myriad of ideas to be developed.

- Program Note by Tim Reynish

This piece was commissioned as one of four test piece options for the 36th (1988) All Japan Band Competition. The word "festa" comes from a line in Arthur Rimbaud's poem Une saison en enfer: "ma vie était un festin" (my life was a festival). The basis of entire piece is summed up in the bassoon solo at the beginning, from that two modes and four series of degrees are derived, and form the thematic group.

- Program Note adapted from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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