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Bonsai Tree, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux


General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 2:45
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Sandai-Shogun no Matsu, a five-needle pine bonsai (Pinus pentaphylla var. negishi) is considered one of Japan’s national treasures. The tree is at least 500 years old and is considered to be one of the oldest known living bonsai trees. It is documented as having been cared for by Tokugawa Iemitsu (August 12, 1604 - June 8, 1651) who was the third shogun of the Tokugawa dynasty. Sandai-Shogun no Matsu is housed in the Tokyo Imperial Palace. "Although the center of this famous tree’s trunk is now totally hollow, it has been carefully nurtured for generations, and gazing at its gnarled form today, a sense of awe is felt at the forceful destiny that has allowed such a small piece of life to survive for so many centuries."

- Program Note by publisher


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

  • Minnesota: III
  • Wisconsin: Event 3000 Concert Band Class C


Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Bright, Jeff. "The Bonsai Tree." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 328-335. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.
  • Giroux, J. (2010). The Bonsai Tree [score]. Musica Propria: San Antonio, Tex.