American Beauties

From Wind Repertory Project
Naohiro Iwai

Naohiro Iwai

This work was originally entitled American Graphity.

General Info

Year: 1996 / 2007
Duration: c. 7:05
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: De Haske
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €139.99   |   Score Only (print) - €26.99


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

  • Bongos
  • Cabasa
  • Claves
  • Conga
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Guiro
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Iconic Japanese composer and arranger Naohiro Iwai has arranged over 5000 songs, both classical and popular. He arranged a series called American Graphity [later renamed American Beauties] based on popular American tunes. Included are Johnnny Angel, released in 1962 as a single by Shelly Fabares. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Interestingly, Glen Campbell was a 25-year-old session guitarist on the recording!

You will also hear By the Time I Get to Phoenix sung by Glen Campbell (1967) and written by Jimmy Webb. This tune reached #2 on the Billboard HOT country list.

Fly Me to the Moon was written in 1954 by Bart Howard and Frank Sinatra recorded it in 1964. This tune was beamed back to earth by the astronauts on Apollo 10 and Apollo 11 from an 8-track tape.

Bye Bye Birdie is a song from a stage musical based on Elvis Presley’s draft and induction into the U.S. Army.

Red Roses for a Blue Lady was written in 1948 by Sid Tepper and Roy Bennett. This tune was #2 on the hit parade in 1949. It’s been sung by many performers – and Wayne Newton’s 1965 recording is a favorite.

- Program Note from Triangle Wind Ensemble concert program, 30 May 2021


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Iwai, N. [1996]. American Graphity [score]. De Haske: Heerinveen, Netherlands.
  • Iwai, N. [2006]. American Beauties : B. Howard, N. Sadaka & H. Greenfield, L. Duddy & L. Pockriss, S. Tepper & R.C. Bennett, J. Webb, C. Strouse & Adame [score]. Music Sales Group: [London].
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