Printed set (Score & Parts)
Version A (in Ab)
[Part 1] Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Bb Soprano Saxophone, Violin
[Part 2] English Horn, Bb Clarinet, Eb Alto Saxophone, Viola
[Part 3] Bassoon, Bb Bass Clarinet, Bb Tenor Saxophone, Eb Baritone Saxophone, Violoncello
Version B (in Eb)
[Part1] Bb Clarinet, Eb Alto Saxophone, Bb Trumpet
[Part2] Bb Clarinet, Eb Alto Clarinet, Eb Alto Saxophone, Bb Tenor Saxophone, F Horn
[Part3] Bb Bass Clarinet, Eb Baritone Saxophone, Bassoon, Trombone, Euphonium
The Moon Illuminates the Love Tenderly was commissioned by the Toyo Sukagawa High School’s double-reed ensemble section. In 2018, it was performed with oboe, English horn and bassoon utilizing version A music. I actually borrowed Kanji (Chinese characters) from the names of the premiere members (Natsuki-san, Yuri-san, Ai-san) respectively for the title. I composed while imagining the lovers gently illuminated by moonlight (introduction and middle part) and to celebrate their love (6/8 time signature).
Depending upon available instruments, you can select Version A (in Ab) or Version B (in Eb), and there are variations therein.
Although parts and designated options are indicated, it’s not to limit any other instruments not included in the piece, so I hope you can enjoy the ensemble with the given combinations.