Three Spectacles for Navy Blue

From Wind Repertory Project
Eiji Suzuki

Eiji Suzuki

This work bears the designation Opus 48.

General Info

Year: 2003 / 2004
Duration: c. 9:40
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bravo
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $130.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


1. Dawn - sunrise between the islands
2. The Archipelago and Waves - waves crash as the point of view ascends from them up to the sky
3. Voyage - riding the crest of the waves – 2:50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III (I div.)
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Flugelhorn I-II (doubling B-flat Trumpet)
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (div.)
Tuba (div.)
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Tom-toms (3)
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Three Spectacles for Navy Blue was commissioned by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Band/Sasebo for their 50th anniversary and premiered by them on 22nd February, 2003, Lt. Cdr. Hiroyuki Kumazaki conducting.

Sasebo is a historically significant seaport, blessed by natural design. Before composing this work, I visited Sasebo and was impressed with the marvelous view of the archipelago called "99 Islands", where literally 99 islands spread across the Sasebo Sea. I was stirred by the area's natural greatness. Throughout Sasebo's tumultuous geologic history, the archipelago was slowly formed.

2003 was also the 100th anniversary of Sasebo city, so I have constructed a homage of hope from the past to the future in Sasebo, praising the power of nature. This song is based upon pitch names "S[Es, or Eb]-A-S-E-B". Considering the band's 50th and the city's 100th anniversaries, the 5th degree and 10th degree appear frequently.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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