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Liz and the Blue Bird

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Akito Matsuda

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General Info

Complete Suite

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 22:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Yamaha Music Media
Cost: Each movement sold separately. Score and Parts (Digital)

1. Ordinary Days - ¥ 4989
2. A New Family - ¥ 5702
3. A Decision of Love - ¥ 4752
4. To the Far Sky - ¥ 4730

Competition Arrangement

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 8:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Yamaha Music Media
Cost: Score and Parts (Digital) – ¥ 5,280


1. Ordinary Days
2. A New Family
3. A Decision of Love
4. To The Far Sky


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute 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, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Flexatone
  • Glockenspiel
  • Ratchet
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Whip
  • Wind Machine
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Liz and the Blue Bird (リズと青い鳥 Rizu to Aoi Tori) is a piece for wind ensemble composed by Uda Yuriko (a fictional composer). In reality, it was composed by Akito Matsuda, who wrote the rest of the Sound! Euphonium soundtrack. It is the piece that the Kitauji High School Concert Band plays in the film of the same name and Sound! Euphonium the Movie: Oath's Finale.

The piece is in four movements: Ordinary Days, A New Family, A Decision of Love, and To The Far Sky, and is based on the German fictional fairy tale of the same name ("Liz und ein Blauer Vogel"). It goes like this:

Liz is the name of a lonely girl who only makes a living by selling bread at a bakery. After a mighty thunderstorm strikes, she goes outside and finds a blue-haired (unnamed) girl lying on the grass. The two instantly become close friends for a long time. However, after a while, Liz decides to let go of the girl so she can be free to do whatever with herself. The flute and oboe duet in the third movement are said to represent Liz and the blue bird.

- Program Note adapted from Fandom

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by this Composer