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Howl's Moving Castle

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Joe Hisaishi

Joe Hisaishi (arr. Yo Goto)

Subtitle: Symphonic Fantasy for Band

General Info

Year: 2004
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bravo Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $145.00   |   Score Only (print) - $14.50

Movements (played without pause)

1. The Allure of Dawn (Image Symphonic Suite)
2. Wandering Sophie (Soundtrack)
3. The Courageous Cavalry (Soundtrack)
4. The Boy Who Swallowed the Star (Soundtrack)
5. The Merry-go-round of Life (Soundtrack)


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I
Oboe II/English Horn
English Horn
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I/Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I/Flugelhorn
B-flat Trumpet II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Harp (optional)
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Anvil
  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Field Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Tom (4)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wind Machine (optional)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Based on Hayao Miyazaki’s animation “Howl’s Moving Castle” (2004), this Symphonic Fantasy for Band was arranged for Neagari Jr. High School Band (Kazuhiro Tanaka- director) in Nomi, Ishikawa, Japan, as concert contest non-test repertoire.

This work consists of five scenes which are freely adapted from Image Symphonic Suite (music released before the film’s premiere) and the soundtrack:

1. The Allure of Dawn (Image Symphonic Suite) 2. Wandering Sophie (Soundtrack) 3. The Courageous Cavalry (Soundtrack) 4. The Boy Who Swallowed the Star (Soundtrack) 5. The Merry-go-round of Life (Soundtrack)

To maximize the wind band’s unique sound and function, I have taken some liberty in spreading active roles throughout the ensemble. This is the motive behind the subtitle, Symphonic Fantasy for Band.

- Program Note by arranger

Howl’s Moving Castle is an animated motion picture from 2004, directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The film is set in a fictitious kingdom where both magic and 19th century technology are present. The film tells the story of a young hatter named Sophie after she is turned into an old woman by a witch’s curse. She encounters a wizard named Howl, and gets caught up in his resistance to fighting for the king. The film contains strong themes of anti-war and was influenced by Miyazaki’s opposition to the United States’ invasion of Iraq in 2003.

- Program Note by Troy Davis for San Francisco Wind Ensemble concert program, 27 August 2016


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Andrews University (Berrien Springs, Mich.) Wind Symphony (Byron Graves, conductor) - 28 January 2023
  • University of Arizona (Tucson) Wind Ensemble (Timothy Kaiser, conductor) - 29 April 2022
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Concert Band (Slade Denman, conductor) - 13 April 2022
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Symphonic Band (L. Nathan Seamons, conductor) - 31 March 2022
  • San Francisco Wind Ensemble with Aragon High School Wind Ensemble (Troy Davis, conductor) – 27 August 2016
  • Castle High School (Kaneohe , Hi.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Arnold A. Alconcel, conductor) 16 May 2014

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