A Prayer for Higashi Nihon (score)

A Prayer for Higashi Nihon (score)

  • Composer: Barnes, James
  • Grade: 3
  • Duration: 6:30
  • Genre: Concert Band
  • Publisher: Brain Music
  • Item No: COMS-85065A


Commissioned in 2011 by the Zushi High School in Kanagawa, Japan for their 90th year establishment commemoration.

"It is very different in some ways: very sad at the beginning, then a little 'daylight' in the middle before the 'dark clouds' come back at the end." (James Barnes)

It is one thing to read about a tragedy or to see footage of the aftermath of such an event; it is an entirely different thing to actually witness something as horrifying as a tsunami when it is actually happening. Having been to Japan over thirty-five times in my career, I know how well Japan prepares for earthquakes and tsunamis. But this time it was completely different: these waves were so huge that they consumed everything in their path. I watched the television coverage with tears in my eyes. It was so sad to see such a tragic event happen to one of my favorite places in the world. But when nature takes over, human beings have no control.

When composing A Prayer for Higashi Nihon, I made no attempt to describe this disaster; that would have been in poor taste. Besides, it would have been impossible to portray such a horrible thing. I decided instead to compose a threnody, a solemn prayer, for all the victims of this horrible event, many whom were never found. Even then, I could not help but remember how horrified I was while watching those waves. It is something I shall never forget.
(James Barnes)


1st & 2nd Flute
1st & 2nd Oboe
1st & 2nd Bassoon
1st Clarinet in Bb
2nd & 3rd Clarinet in Bb
Bass Clarinet in Bb
Contrabass Clarinet in Bb
1st & 2nd Alto Saxophone in Eb
Tenor Saxophone in Bb
Baritone Saxophone in Eb

1st Trumpet in Bb
2nd & 3rd Trumpet in Bb
1st & 2nd Horn
1st & 2nd Trombone
3rd Trombone
String Bass
1st Mallet
2nd Mallet
1st & 2nd Percussion
(Bass Drum/Triangle/Crash Cymbals/Snare Drum)
3rd & 4th Percussion
(Snare Drum/Tam-tam/Bass Drum/Mark Tree)

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