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From The Forest of Saariselkä

From The Forest of Saariselkä

  • Composer: Takahashi, Hiroki
  • Grade: 4
  • Duration: 7:33
  • Genre: Concert Band
  • Publisher: Brain Music
  • Item No: ZOMS-A056S


10,000YEN

From The Forest of Saariselkä - Tone Poem for Wind Ensemble (2005) Commissioned by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force Chubu Band, Saariselka is a village in a mountainous area of northern Finland famous for its northern lights (aurora). This tone poem captures the romantic beauty of a nearby forest.

The beginning depicts an intense cold world. A beautiful horn melody, woodwind solos and sparkling glockenspiel arpeggios render a vivid impression. A quick tutti climax introduces fast action underscoring the image of the frigid weather as well as the effects of a severe blizzard and violent wind. As the musical drive intensifies, a resounding brass fanfare shifts the pace to the middle section.

A lush, romantic interlude reveals the grandeur of the northern lights floating in the tranquil sky. The alluring melody suggests the haunting beauty of Sibelius’ Finlandia. Then enters a rollicking 6/8 recapitulation that ultimately combines all of the central themes into a grand tutti conclusion.
(Hiroki Takahashi)

 

Instrumentation

Fl. 1 (Picc.)
Fl. 2
Ob.
Bsn.
Cl. 1, 2 & 3
B. Cl.
A. Sax. 1 & 2
T. Sax.
B. Sax.
Trp. 1, 2 & 3
Hrn. 1, 2 & 3
Trb. 1, 2 & 3
Euph.
Tuba
St. Bass
Timp. & Cym.

Perc. 1
Sus. Cym.
S. Dr.
Tri.

Perc. 2
B. Dr.
Cym.
Low Tom
Perc. 3
Glock.
Xylo.
Cym.
Tamb