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Yasuhide Ito

Yasuhide Ito

Subtitle: Boat Song

General Info

Year: 1993 / 1999
Duration: c. 7:40
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bravo Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $100.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I-II-III (III doubles Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
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-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bin-zasara (a bundle of pieces of wood)
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hyoushigi (two wooden blocks tied together)
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Toms (3)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Funa-Uta, a kind of barcarole, is based on two folk songs from the Setonaikai (the Inland Sea) area in the western part of Japan. This is a contemporary treatment of two Japanese folk songs in a challenging three-part form. It opens in the style of John Adams while the folk material undergoes full development. The work is beautifully orchestrated to make the ensemble sound rich, as well as clear. It is a true fusion of Japanese and contemporary Western musical elements and a good way to introduce students and audiences alike to an ancient sound world. While challenging, it is yet able to capture a respect for both traditions without sounding trite.

The form is A-B-A. In the A section, a folk song from Kagawa Prefecture Kompira Fune-fune is used, and in the B section, a folk song from Hiroshima Prefecture Ondo no Funa-uta is used. The form is simple, yet the composer writes a ten-voice canon in the A section, and uses polyrhythm in the B section. Japanese atmosphere is abundant, and Ito's skillful orchestration in the impromptu section played by four wind players stands out.

Commissioned by the Kure Band of Japan Maritime Self Defense Force.

- Program Note from publisher

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Georgia: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: V
  • Texas: V. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Wind Ensemble (George Shannon, conductor) - 12 February 2021
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Symphonic Winds (Colin MacKenzie, conductor)– 7 October 2019
  • North Salem (Ore.) High School Wind Ensemble – 12 March 2013

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