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ONIHIME

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Shuhei Tamura

Shuhei Tamura


General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 4:40
Difficulty: IV-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Woodwind octet
Publisher: Bravo Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00


Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute (doubles Piccolo)

Part 2

  • Flute

Part 3

  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Soprano Saxophone

Part 4

  • F English Horn
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Soprano Saxophone
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone

Part 5

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone

Part 6

  • Horn in F
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium

Part 7

  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Horn in F
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium

Part 8

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

ONIHIME, as the letter indicates, refers to a woman who possesses the nature of the demon, or a female demon itself.

Among them, the "Hashihime Densetsu" that appears in the Heike story has been famous for a long time, and because it was too jealous, he performed a ritual with the advice of Daimeijin Kibune, changing his appearance as a demon and killing many men and women. I got it. There are various legends similar to this in various parts of Japan, and it is said that "Samurai no Kisiri" is based on the curse ritual performed by Hashihime.

However, feelings toward the opposite sex despite being a demon is jealousy that arises from purely romantic feelings, just like humans, and in that sense, it cannot be simply cut off as being far from humans. Every person has emotions of darkness, and appearance and secret emotions may conflict. "Onihime" who could not escape the fate of killing people by choosing the way to live as a demon. However, when I felt the pure emotions hidden inside it, I felt there for a moment a beautiful illusion.

In 2013, composer was commissioned by Professor Kazuhiko Tsuchiya of Tamagawa Gakuen Junior High School, and it was premiered by eight members of the school.

- Program Note by composer (rendered through Google Translate)


The title Onihime translates as “demon princess.” The Hashihime (The Bridge Princess) legend is a famous ancient tale of Japanese origin. The story involves a woman who turns herself into a fierce “oni” (demon fueled by jealousy) after suffering from several lonely nights awaiting her lover’s return. Though her appearance is alternately beautiful and terrifying, and her powers are deadly, her feelings are nonetheless driven by human emotions and needs.

Onihime was originally commissioned as a woodwind octet by Kazuhiko Tsuchiya, director of Tamagawa Academy.

- Program Note from Baylor University Symphonic Band concert program, 15 October 2020


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Performances

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  • Baylor University (Waco, Texas) Symphonic Band (Isaiah Odajima, conductor) - 15 October 2020


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