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Sonatina for Saxophone Trio \"Benisashiyubi\"

Sonatina for Saxophone Trio "Benisashiyubi"

  • Composer: Fukushima, Hirokazu
  • Grade: 5
  • Duration: 4:40
  • Genre: Chamber Ensemble
  • Publisher: Brain Music
  • Item No: ENMS-84422


3,000YEN
Created in 2015 for saxophone trio, this is a revision of Benisashiyubi (2011) composed for Toys Saxophone Quartet.
The subtitle Benisashiyubi is an intriguing word I found in the Utsukushii Nihongo no Jiten Beautiful Japanese Language Dictionary. Beni-sashi-yubi refers to ring finger. However, its meaning is a bit different than the English suggests.
Beni is the color crimson, Sashi is to apply, and Yubi is finger. It refers to a “crimson lipstick-applying finger” since Japanese women use their ring finger to apply lipstick.
I tried to capture the alluring image of a beautiful woman applying lipstick in front of a mirror. I also tried to imagine romantic melodies for use in lipstick commercials.
The overall style of the piece should be in retro-classical Showa and Taisho (early 20th Century) era sonatina style, when Western music was popularized in Japan.

Instrumentation

Soprano Saxophone in Bb
Alto Saxophone in Eb
Baritone Saxophone in Eb