Shadow Song for Wind Ensemble (score)

Shadow Song for Wind Ensemble (score)

  • Composer: Goto, Yo
  • Grade: 3
  • Duration: 5:00
  • Genre: Concert Band
  • Publisher: Brain Music
  • Item No: COMS-85107A


Shadow Song was commissioned by “KYO-EN XIX, 2016,” a concert of new/unpublished works for wind band, as a part of its “The School Band Project.” This project produces new pieces for school bands, especially for smaller ensembles; therefore, the commission requires composers to create medium-grade pieces having limited instrumentation.

In this work, the entire ensemble consists of small chamber-ensemble groups. They are musically connected with, and are frequently conflicted by each other, and sometimes a group performs as a “shadow” of another group. The title is derived from such a relationship. In order to create the chamber groups, players sometimes have to change their performing places, and to show conflicting relationships between groups, one may perform with different tempo, meter, and/or key from the rest. Because the piece is focused on the concept of “shadow,” In darkness let me dwell, a lute song by John Dowland (1563-1626), is quoted to symbolize those shadows, and all musical materials of the piece are derived from this song.


1st Flute
2nd Flute


1st Clarinet in Bb
2nd Clarinet in Bb
Bass Clarinet in Bb

Alto Saxophone in Eb
Tenor Saxophone in Bb
Baritone Saxophone in Eb
1st Trumpet in Bb
2nd Trumpet in Bb

Horn in F

1st Trombone
2nd Trombone

String Bass
1st Percussion
Snare Drum
Crash Cymbals

2nd Percussion
Suspended Cymbal