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Fantasy for Band

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Shoko Natsuda

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General Info

Year: 1982
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Brain Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental


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
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongo
  • Conga
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Tom-toms (3)
  • Triangle
  • Wood Blocks
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Fantasy for Band was composed and premiered in 1982 for the commission of Yamaha Symphonic Band, and has been frequently played in various parts of Japan by various bands for many years since then. The recordings have been recorded on several CDs so far.

The song is a beautiful lyrical melody sung by the solo alto saxophone and piccolo. In the first part the clarinet section quietly presents the theme melody of the ethnic tones by the pentatonic scale and gradually spreads to tutti in the second part. The third part is 6/8 is a dance-like rhythm particular to Korean Peninsula folk music, and the subject ostinato and chromatic scale motifs are superimposed on the odd time signature. It is composed of five parts. In the fourth and fifth part, the theme melody is sung and returned by the strong performance of brass instruments that are choral-like.

According to the composer, the theme melody used in all parts except the second part is the folk-song-based Hangangsu Taryeong (Song of Hangang Water), which is a song of life's lament, entrusted to the pure and deep stream of the river.

- Program Note by composer (roughly translated through Google Translate)

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