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Onihime

Onihime

  • Composer: Tamura, Shuhei
  • Grade: 4
  • Duration: 6:00
  • Genre: Concert Band
  • Publisher: Brain Music
  • Item No: ZOMS-A123S


$100.00

Program Note

Onihime literally means demon princess: a woman with the nature of demon or a female demon.

A famous ancient tale is the Hashihime (The Bridge Princess) Legend. A woman who suffered lonely nights waiting on her lover's return then transforms herself into a fierce “oni” or demon fueled by jealousy. Though her appearance is alternately beautiful and terrifying, and her powers are deadly, her feelings are nonetheless driven by human emotions and needs.

Onihime was originally commissioned as a woodwind octet by Kazuhiko Tsuchiya, director of Tamagawa Academy. In the revised band version (2019) percussion and winds are added to significantly enhance the original orchestration. It can be performed with as few as 13 to 30 players and some solos are doubled by other instruments. More material also has been added to the original work.

Instrumentation

Piccolo (doub. Flute)(opt.)
Flute
Oboe (opt.)
Bassoon (opt.)

1st & 2nd Clarinets in Bb
Bass Clarinet in Bb(opt.)

Soprano Saxophone (opt.)
1st Alto Saxophone
2nd Alto Saxophone (opt.)
Tenor Saxophone (opt.)
Baritone Saxophone

1st & 2nd Trumpets in Bb

1st & 2nd Horns in F

1st & 2nd Trombones

Euphonium
Tuba
Contrabass (opt.)

[Percussion]from 1 player
Finger Cymbals
Triangle / Wind Chime
4 Wood Blocks
Glockenspiel / Xylophone

Timpani (opt.)
Suspended Cymbal (opt.)

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