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Selections from "Kiki's Delivery Service"

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Joe Hisaishi

Joe Hisaishi (arr. Kazuhiro Morita)


General Info

Year: 1989 / 2009
Duration: c. 10:50
Difficulty: IV-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Bravo Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $180.00   |   Score Only (print) - $18.00br />


Movements

1. A Town with an Ocean View
2. Starting the Job
3. Heartbroken Kiki
4. A Gust
5. Departure


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II (II doubling Piccolo)
Oboe
Bassoon
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III (I optional div.)
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
Trombone I-II
Euphonium
Tuba (div.)
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-toms (3)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Famous musicologist Yuji Numano identified an interesting relationship between classical and film music. Film music is like a second child of 19th century classical music (the first child being 20th century modern music). Although they have a parent-child relationship, there are still major differences. According to Numano:

The basic 'form' is different. In the history of classical music art forms, there is a continuing dispute on how to convey a story only through music. On the other hand, as a part of motion pictures, film music at times has difficulty being an autonomous art form separate from the visual media. Indeed, film scores alone can lack musical substance. In the sense of acoustical effectiveness, film scoring has absorbed the total aspect of modern and classical music. Yet, there is still a huge distinction from classical music regarding recognizing film music as a standard art form.

This Selections from KIKI'S Delivery Service is my seventh arrangement of Joe Hisaishi's works. They are either in medley or suite styles. It might be an exaggeration, however, to cite back to Mr. Numano, I have attempted to compensate for the lack of substance in film music by creating an art form more like classical music. Medley should not be about cherry-picking the best bits. I prefer that performers consider the significance of the work's overall structure.

It has been 20 years since the premier of the feature animation film "KIKI'S Delivery Service" based on Eiko Kadono's literature for children. Numerous romantic melodies by Joe Hisaishi are used for many occasions and are still very popular. In this arrangement, I have made a medley from the following scenes:

1. A Town with an Ocean View
2. Starting the Job
3. Heartbroken Kiki
4. A Gust
5. Departure

Please note that the fourth scene, A Gust, comes from the "image album" prior to the soundtrack production and is not used in the actual movie.

- Program Note by arranger


Kiki's Delivery Service is a 1989 Japanese animated film written, produced, and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, adapted from the 1985 novel by Eiko Kadono.

The film tells the story of a young witch, Kiki, who moves to a new town and uses her flying ability to earn a living. According to Miyazaki, the movie portrays the gulf between independence and reliance in teenage Japanese girls.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Media


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Resources

  • Hisaishi, J.; Morita, K. (2009). Majo no takkyubin serekushon = Selections from " Kiki's delivery service " : Sutajio jiburi suisogaku sakuhinshu : Umi no mieru machi - Shigotohajime - Shoshin no kiki - Toppu – Tabidachi [score]. Buren: Hiroshima, Japan.
  • Kiki's Delivery Service. Wikipedia Accessed 6 November 2021