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Morning Songs in Hiroshima (score)

Morning Songs in Hiroshima (score)

  • Composer: Ito, Yasuhide
  • Grade: 5
  • Duration: 8:30
  • Genre: Concert Band
  • Publisher: ItoMusic
  • Item No: NAS-BH482A


2,500YEN

Around 1990, I received a request for a piece about Nagasaki. That city, along with Hiroshima, experienced the horrors of nuclear weapons for the first time in human history. I did not feel I was at a point where I could write about a monumental theme like war. That’s how I came to compose “Gloriosa”, regarding underground Christianity in the area of Nagasaki.

In 2009, I received a commission from Hiroshima, another city with a terrible atomic war memory. This time for sure I wanted to write about war and peace. I wanted to use all of my heart and soul to create a song of prayers, and to describe the drowning city becoming a symbol of peace, calling it “Morning Songs” reflecting a “Morning of Peace.” It was morning when the bomb hit Hiroshima – August 6, 1945 at 8:15 AM.

The start of the 21st century also saw the September 11 attacks in America. I began writing many peace-themed works for band and chorus, including the recent “The Tale of the Blackened Canteen” (opera) that premiered in May, 2018.

“Morning Songs in Hiroshima” was commissioned by Suzugamine Girls High School Wind Orchestra; it premiered on April 26, 2009.

(Yasuhide Ito)

Instrumentation

Flutes
Piccolo
Oboes
English Horn in F
Bassoons
Clarinet in Eb
Clarinets in Bb 1
Clarinets in Bb 2
Clarinets in Bb 3
Alto Clarinet in Eb
Bass Clarinet in Bb
Contrabass Clarinet in Bb
Alto Saxophone in Eb 1
Alto Saxophone in Eb 2
Tenor Saxophone in Bb
Baritone Saxophone in Eb
Horns in F 1,2
Horns in F 3,4
Trumpet in Bb 1
Trumpet in Bb 2
Trumpet in Bb 3
Trombone 1
Trombone 2
Trombone 3
Euphoniums
Tubas

String Basses

Harp
Timpani

【Percussion 1】
Bell Tree
Wind Chime
Bass Drum
Tambourine
Tam
Crotale (E-flat)

【Percussion 2 】
Glockenspiel (or Celesta)
Suspended Cymbal
Cymbals
Ratchet
2 Snare Drums
2 Toms
2 Sleigh Bells

【Mallets】
Vibraphone (or Celesta)
Xylophone
Glockenspiel
Chimes (A)