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Star Ship

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Yukiko Nishimura

Yukiko Nishimura

General Info

Year: 2003
Duration: c. 4:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $69.95   |   Score Only (print) - $11.95


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
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-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Glockenspiel
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Nishimura’s Starship is a work for band inspired by a Japanese story of two star-crossed lovers. According to the legend, two ancient deities fell deeply in love but were forbade to see each other save one day of the year, the seventh day of the seventh month. In Japan, Tanabata, the star festival, is annually celebrated on July seventh to celebrate the lovers who can at last be together. People hope for good weather on the day of the festival, for it is said that the deities can only find one another in clear skies.

Starship musically expresses the longing that the lovers feel when apart, as well as the joy experienced when they meet. The piece’s flowing melody and lush lyricism beautifully illustrate this age-old and universally appreciated tale of love lost and found.

- Program note by Scotty Hall for the University of Georgia University Band concert program, 26 February 2018


State Ratings

  • Mississippi: III-A
  • South Carolina: IV


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