Festal Scenes

From Wind Repertory Project
Yasuhide Ito

Yasuhide Ito

General Info

Year: 1988
Duration: c. 6:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: TRN Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $12.00  |   Large Score Only - $20.00


Full Score
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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-III
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Glockenspiel
  • Nebuta-deiko (or Bass Drum)
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam Tam
  • Tebiragane (or large Antique Cymbal, or Suspended Cymbal)
  • Tom Tom
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone 


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Ito was inspired to write Festal Scenes after receiving a letter from a friend, who said, "...everything seems like paradise blooming all together. Life is a festival, indeed." The piece uses four Japanese folk songs as its source material. It also calls for two2 Japanese percussion instruments: the Tebiragane, a type of antique cymbal, and the Nebuta-daiko, a large drum played with long bamboo sticks.

- Program Note from Texas A&M University Symphonic Band concert program, 5 December 2021

Festal Scenes is based on four folk songs from one of the northern regions of Japan. Soon after it was premiered in Japan, the composer led the University of Illinois Concert Band in its first performance in the United States in 1987. It has been regularly performed by university groups ever since.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.) Symphonic Band (Chris DeVona, conductor) - 4 December 2023
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Hindsley Symphonic Band (Kimberly Fleming, conductor) - 4 October 2023
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Joel Pagán, conductor) - 25 September 2023
  • Appalachia: A Southeastern Wind Symphony (Knoxville, Tenn.) (Logan Campbell, conductor) - 11 February 2023
  • DePaul University (Chicago, Ill.) Wind Symphony (Eric Neidlinger, conductor) - 10 February 2023
  • University of New Mexico (Albuquerque) Symphonic Band (Brett Penshorn, conductor) - 9 December 2022
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire University Band (David Lofy, conductor) - 28 November 2022
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Symphonic Band (Michael Robinson, conductor) - 18 November 2022
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble (Thomas Gamboa, conductor) - 15 November 2022
  • University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Mb., Can.) Wind Ensemble (Jacquie Dawson, conductor) - 14 October 2022
  • Texas A&M University (College Station) Symphonic Band (Russell Tipton, conductor) - 5 December 2021
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Symphony Band (Jason Gardner, conductor) - 18 November 2021
  • University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls) Symphonic Band (Justin Mertz, conductor) - 10 November 2021
  • Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) Symphonic Band (Cory Near, conductor) - 10 Novenber 2021
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Symphonic Band (John Leonard, conductor) – 17 November 2020
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Concert Band (Joshua Gillen, conductor) - 17 November 2020
  • University of California Berkeley Wind Ensemble II (Matthew Sadowski, conductor) – 28 February 2020
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, University Band (J. Benjamin Jones, conductor) – 18 February 2020
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Symphonic Band (Jake Hille, conductor) - 3 December 2019
  • McLennan College (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Jon Conrad, conductor) 29 October 2019

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Ito Music
  • Ito, Yasuhide [1988]. Festal Scenes [score]. TRN Music Publisher, Inc.: Alto, NM
  • Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 340-343.