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Mont Fuji

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Toshio Mashima

Toshio Mashima


Subtitle: La musique inspirée de l'estampe de Hokusai


General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 10:10
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Atelier M Inc.
Cost: Score and Parts - 51,840 yen


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon 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
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Tuba
String Bass
Harp
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crush Cymbal
  • Glockenspiel
  • Iron Block
  • Japanese Drum
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Tsuzuki
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Mont Fuji was commissioned to celebrate the Community Band of Sagamihara’s 50th Anniversary, premiering on December 21, 2014. under the direction of Shintaro Fukumoto. This is the third title in the “Japonism” series.

The composer’s note for Mont Fuji is as follows:

Ukiyoe paintings (woodblock printing) became very popular in the European art scene of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Especially in France, not only painters but also musicians and composers were very much influenced and inspired by these renditions. Debussy composed La Mer being inspired by Katsushika Hokusai’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. This is so-called Japonism. As I keep returning to Paris, I further gained my Japanese identity, which inspired me to compose Les Trois Notes du Japon in 2001. That is, if Japonism influenced the French art scene, I should then be influenced by the influence in return. Just like those artists in old days, I let my imagination fly freely as I faced Katsushika Hokusai’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.

The music does not just portray Mount Fuji; it transposes the feeling of distinctive beauty and nobility, and this is definitely a successful model for program music.

- Program Note by Showa Wind Symphony concert program, 18 July 2015 – WASBE, San Jose


Awards


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Symphony Band (Jeremy Harmon, conductor) – 24 April 2020
  • Showa Wind Symphony (Tokyo, Japan) (Shintaro Fukumoto, conductor) – 18 July 2015 - WASBE Conference, San Jose, Calif.


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Nicholas, Christopher J. "Mont Fuji." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 598-606. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.
  • Toshio Mashima website (Japanese)