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Onihime - Flexible Octet

Onihime - Flexible Octet



$70.00
Printed set (Score & Parts)
[Part 1] Flute (doubling Piccolo)
[Part 2] Flute
[Part 3] Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Bb Soprano Saxophone
[Part 4] English Horn, Bb Clarinet, Bb Soprano Saxophone, Eb Alto Saxophone
[Part 5] Bb Clarinet, Eb Alto Saxophone
[Part 6] F Horn, Eb Alto Saxophone, Bb Tenor Saxophone, Euphonium, Trombone
[Part 7] F Horn, Eb Alto Saxophone, Bb Tenor Saxophone, Euphonium, Trombone
[Part 8] Bassoon, Bb Bass Clarinet, Eb Baritone Saxophone

Onihime literally means demon princess: a woman with the nature of demon or a female demon.

A famous ancient tale is the Hashihime (The Bridge Princess) Legend. A woman who suffered lonely nights waiting on her lover's return then transforms herself into a fierce "oni" or demon fueled by jealousy. 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.

(Shuhei Tamura)