From Wind Repertory Project
Joseph T. Spaniola

Joseph Spaniola

Subtitle: The Red Dragonfly

General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 3:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Folk Song
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Full Score
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
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This setting is an absolutely beautiful one of a classic Japanese children's song written by composer, conductor and educator Kôsaku Yamada. Here is a superb piece to instill sensitive playing and phrasing in any age group.

- Program Note from publisher

Spaniola was asked to arrange traditional Japanese music with Western interpretations for marching band for the Coca-Cola Bowl (an NCAA football game played in Tokyo at the time), including the folk song Aka-tonbo. Upon completion of this project, he undertook a concert band setting of this exceptionally beautiful melody.

The Japanese word Aka-tonbo means "red dragonfly" in English. Rofu Miki (1889-1964) wrote the children's poem Aka-tonbo, which first appeared in a nursery songbook called Shinjujima (meaning "Pearl Island") in 1921. Kôsaku Yamada (1886-1965) set the poem to music in 1927. In Japan, red dragonflies appear in autumn, and this song is often sung to commemorate the occasion.

- Program Note from Teaching Music Through Performance in Band


State Ratings

  • Texas: III. Complete


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Benford, Cathy. "Akatonbo." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 121-127. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.
  • Meunier, Robert. "Escapade." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 688-696. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.
  • Spaniola, J. Yamada, K. (2005). Akatonbo: The Red Dragonfly [score]. Musica Propria: San Antonio, Tex.