Over Great Waves and Far Away - A Celebration Prelude for Band was commissioned to celebrate Hakodate (Hokkaido) District Band Association's 60th Anniversary in 2012. I had an honor to conduct Hakodate District High School Honor Band at the premier in November, 2012.
The title, Over Great Waves and Far Away - A Celebration for Band has my wish for the association to be even more successful after the 60 years of history and has my admire for this international fort city with innovative sense and forward spirit.
I always compose music that would link hearts between performers and audience and cherish each other's lives. I did not intend to "decorate" the piece I often hear nowadays in band music but I wanted the song to sing itself that would blossom people's heart. The band music is popular in Hakodate by all generations, and I composed in a way that young and old can enjoy.
I also paid extra attention considering that there are many small bands in Hakodate. I included some optional parts that can be eliminated if needed. From elementary to community, small to large, I would like all generations to enjoy performing this song with hearts.