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Yo Goto

Yo Goto

General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 7:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bravo Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe (opt.)
Bassoon (opt.)
Bb Clarinet I-II-III-IV
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
String Bass (opt.)
Percussion, including:

  • Glockenspiel
  • High Hat Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Songs (2009) was commissioned by the Hamamatsu Cultural Foundation, Japan. The commission project, titled Band Ishi that means “Band Restoration,” commissions new works for wind ensemble from Japanese composers who especially work in the field of orchestra, chorus, jazz, television, and film. The work was completed in December 2009 and premiered in March 2010 in Hamamatusu.

Goto has written some works that explore musical simultaneity in order to liberate an audience from experiences of linear-oriented time, and Songs is included in such a series of works. This piece requires 24 parts; each part is played by just one player. Therefore, the players are regarded as soloists. Soloists are expected to play simple “songs” and song fragments in their own way and sometimes in their own tempo. Consequently, Songs sounds like an accumulation of freely performed melodies. Although some “songs” have different characters, all of them are derived from a melody played by the clarinet at the beginning of the piece.

- Program note by composer

This beautiful and reflective piece by master composer and educator Yo Goto won the American Bandmasters Association 2011 Sousa/Ostwald Award. Though of only moderate difficulty, various solo woodwind themes develop into a captivating presentation that is alternately playful and provocative. The clarinet's leading role remains in a comfortable range, with simple and poignant lyricism.

- Program note by publisher


  • American Bandmasters Association Sousa/Ostwald Award, winner, 2011.

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

Audio Links

Reference recording; ensemble and conductor unknown

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • DePaul University (Chicago, Ill.) Wind Symphony (Chris Heidenreich, conductor) – 21 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 North Central Division Conference, Chicago, Ill.)
  • Northwestern State University (Natchitoches, La.) Wind Symphony (Jeffrey Mathews, conductor) – 14 November 2019
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Concert Band (Patricia Cornet, conductor) – 17 October 2019
  • New England Conservatory (Boston, Mass.) Senior Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble (Michael Mucci, conductor) – 6 May 2018
  • El Cerrito (Calif.) High School Wind Ensemble (Keith Johnson, conductor) - 15 February 2018 (2018 CASMEC Conference, San Jose)
  • Colorado Wind Ensemble (Denver) (David Kish, conductor) – 21 October 2017
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Symphonic Band (Kristin Lin, conductor) – 3 October 2017
  • Baylor University (Waco, Texas) Symphonic Band (Isaiah Odajima, conductor) – 3 February 2017

Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Collins, Carl. "Songs." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 651-659. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.