Small Variations on \"Home! Sweet Home!\" - Flexible 5 Parts & Percussion

Small Variations on "Home! Sweet Home!" - Flexible 5 Parts & Percussion

Printed set (Score & Parts)
[Part 1] Flute, Oboe, Eb Clarinet, Eb Cornet, Eb Alto Saxophone, Bb Clarinet, Bb Trumpet, Bb Cornet, Violin
[Part 2] Bb Clarinet, Bb Trumpet, Bb Cornet, Eb Alto Saxophone, Violin
[Part 3] Bb Clarinet, Bb Tenor Saxophone, Eb Alto Saxophone, Eb Alto Horn, F Horn, Violin, Viola
[Part 4] Bb Tenor Saxophone, F Horn, Eb Alto Clarinet, Eb Alto Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Bassoon, Violoncello
[Part 5] Bb Bass Clarinet, Eb Baritone Saxophone, Trombone, Euphonium, Bassoon, Violoncello, Tuba, String Bass
[Timpani (Optional)]
[Percussion 1] Suspended Cymbal, Wood Block, Snare Drum, Crash Cymbals, Triangle, Suspended Cymbal, Bass Drum (or Drum Set*)
[Percussion 2] Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Suspended Cymbal
*Play Drum set only if there are only 2-3 percussion players (in this case, play also Percussion 2)

The English folk song "Home! Sweet Home!" was composed by Henry Bishop in 1823. It was included in a Japanese collection of songs in Meiji era (1868-1912) and became especially famous for appearing in the Ghibli animated movie "Grave of the Fireflies."

This Small Variations on Home! Sweet Home! consists of theme, three variations, and five part finale. How to present each part with independent musicality is the challenge of the piece.

The grade is 2.5 by US standards. It is my great pleasure to introduce the style of "variations" through this work and to give young musicians the motivation to further consider famous creations like "Fantasy Variations on a Theme by Niccolo Paganini" and "Variations on a Korean Folk Song".

This work, which was premiered by the Saitama Municipal Nanasato Elementary School brass band in February 2015, was revised to flexible instrumentation by request of Brain Music.

(Keiichi Kurokawa)