Wind Band

Arrangement

Auf Flugeln des Gesanges (by F.Mendelssohn)

Composed: 2018
Duration: 3:00

Premiere 2018
Zwei Gesange (by J. Brahms)

1. Sonntag op.47-3 2. Der Gang zum Liebchen op.48-1

Composed: Jun, 2017
Duration: 3:30

Premiere Jun 22, 2017
Chacconne for Wind Ensemble, 2017 edition (J. S. Bach)

Composed: 2017
Duration: 12:00

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Note This 2017 edition can be considered the completed version, preceded by a version arranged in the year 1988, which featured only extracts from the original Bach piece.

A great number of composers have arranged the “Chaconne”?the final movement of J.S. Bach’s “Partita in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004” into various renditions. Some well-known ones include J. Brahms’ (1833-1897) Piano for the Left-Hand, Hideo Saito’s (1902-1974) orchestral arrangement, and in particular, F. Busoni’s piano arrangement has recreated Bach in a hugely dynamic way. As far as these “arrangements” go, they were newly devised creations, while retaining the essence of the original. Hence, leading to an attractive idea for me to create an arrangement that hails the colorful attributes of a wind ensemble.

The idea of using the trombone ensemble as the introduction of the piece was put forward by Kenichi Watanabe, an esteemed friend of mine. It inspired me to orchestrate the entire work utilizing, to some extent, Schoenberg’s Klangfarbenmelodie (sound-color melody) with reference to Busoni’s arrangement.

Moreover, this piece is created based on the golden ratio: the ratio between the minor and major in the beginning, the ratio between the major and minor part at the end, all contemplated to be close to the golden ratio (with the part leading to the major being almost half).

In comparison, various parts in the 1988 edition were created shortened, in relation to the golden ratio. It featured a total count of 34 four-bar units. The original features 64. This 2017 edition, being a “complete” version in my terms, actually features 61, still shorter than the original.

A D Minor [1]?[31](31 counts)
 [1]?-[19](19)*
 [20]?[31](12)

B D Major [32]?[49](18)
 [32]?[42](11)*
 [43]?[49](7)

A D Minor [50]?[61](12)
 [51]?[57](7)
 [58]?[61](4)*

 *Almost similar to the 1988 edition

This piece, including the original Bach piece, tends to be performed with a slightly heavy tempo. However, Chaconne is originally dance music, and should be performed with a rather light tempo, hence the simplified design for the tempo of this piece.

The instrumentation is also similar to the 1988 edition, other than the addition of the contrabass clarinet.

This piece was first performed on 22 June 2017 at Senzoku Gakuen Maeda Hall, by the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music Green-Tie Wind Ensemble, conducted by Sachio Fujioka.
Premiere Jun 22, 2017
Ancient Airs and Dances for Lute Suite No.3 (by O.Respighi)

Composed: Dec, 2016
Duration: 20:00

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Note Antiche Danze ed Arie per Liuto
Libera trascrizione per orchestra di fiatti
Interpretazione Orchestrale di ITO YASUHIDE

Commissioned by Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra. Premiered on 28th January 2017 under the baton of Shizuo “Z” Kuwahara.

Following is a revised description of the program used in the premiere.

O. Respighi (1879-1936) was a diligent researcher on Baroque and Classical music, resulting in works including arrangements of J.S. Bach’s (1685-1750) orchestral works, a song “Sopra un’aria antica” which was written based on an old Italian song “Intorno all’idol mio” by M. Cesti (1620-1669) and “La Boutique fantasque” and “Rossiniana” inspired by G. Rossini (1792-1868) of a slightly later era. As such, Respighi’s works always has a nostalgic taste to them.

Antiche Danze ed Arie per Liuto (Ancient Airs and Dances) is a set of three orchestral suites by Respighi and today, the Suite No. 3 (composed in 1931) will be performed. It comprises the following four pieces. The first, third, and fourth have been arranged by the composer for the solo piano as well.

1. Anonymous ? Italiana (Late 16th century)
2. Jean-Baptiste Besard ? Arie di corte (16th century)
Besard (1567-1625) was a French lutenist, composer and doctor.
3. Anonymous ? Siciliana (Late 16th century)
This melody is familiar to the Japanese public as it is used in the media often. It originated from “Spagnoletta”, a popular piece in England and Italy from the 16th century. It is in “The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book” as No. 289 “The Old Spagnoletta” by Giles Farnaby (1560-1640).
4. Lodovico Roncalli ? Passacaglia (1692)
Passacaglia adapted from the 9th suite of “Capricci armonici sopra la chitarra spagnola (‘Harmonic caprices for the Spanish guitar’)” by Lodovico Roncalli, an Italian noble and guitarist.

As this is an arrangement rendered for the wind orchestra, I duly changed the title from the original, “Antiche Danze ed Arie per Liuto, Libera trascrizione per orchestra d’archi [string orchestra], Terzo Suite”, into “Antiche Danze ed Arie per Liuto, Libera trascrizione per orchestra?di fiatti [wind orchestra], Terzo Suite”.?

So very often, orchestral arrangements are being arranged into pieces for the wind orchestra, a notion I am personally not fond of, as this concept is mainly based on how the wind orchestra can simulate the sounds of a string orchestra, making the arrangement seem like a “substitute” for the original.

An “arrangement”, in my personal opinion, has to be a “re-creation”, and seemingly more attractive than the original. Hence, my preference in arranging pieces from various types of compositions other than orchestral pieces, such as violin and piano solo pieces. While doing so, I would inject some of my own expression, from ideas on how I would perform this piece myself on the piano, drawing a totally different form of attractiveness, and associating the original piece with the charm of the sounds of a wind orchestra.

This piece was originally for the lute, but Respighi has expanded its reach throughout the world with an orchestral rendition. In arranging this piece for the wind orchestra, I can only imagine the possibilities it can achieve. It would be my humble pleasure as the arranger, if this piece can reach fans of orchestral music and wind instrument players, promoting their enthusiasm towards wind orchestra music.

Especially for this piece on this day, one can only be eager for the opportunity to take in the various alluring tone and sounds produced by the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, a color palette of prime quality.
Commissioned Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchesta
Premiere Jan 18, 2017
Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra / Conducted by Shizuo "Z" Kuwahara
Ave Maria (By F. Schubert)

Composed: 2016

Premiere 2016
Marine Fantasy 2015

Composed: Sep 25, 2015
Duration: 13:00

12m45s
Premiere Oct 10, 2015
CD: Marine Fantasy (Brain/BOCD-7611)
Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral from 'Lohengrin

Composed: Jun, 2015
Duration: 8

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Premiere Jun 24, 2015
Widmung (by R. Schumann)

"Myrthen" Op.25-1

Composed: May, 2015
Instrument: 2Fl. 2B♭Cl. B-Cl. A-Sax. T-Sax. Bar-Sax. 2Hrn. 2Cornet. 2Trb. Euph. Tub. Timp. 2Perc

Premiere Jun 24, 2015
Green Tie Wind Ensemble
Allerseelen (by R. Strauss)

All Soul's Day

Composed: Nov, 2014

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Premiere Dec 7, 2014
Green tie Wind Ensemble
Symphonic Dances Ⅰ (by S. Rachmaninov)

Composed: Jun, 2014
Duration: 11

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Premiere Jul 21, 2014
Carmen Fantasy (by G. Bizet) for Violin and Wind Band

Composed: Nov 17, 2005
Instrument: Vn.(Solo) Picc. Fl. Ob. Ehorn. Bn.Cl. Sax. Hrn. Trp. Trb. Euph. Tub. Cb. Timp. Perc. Hp.

Premiere Dec 11, 2005
Mizuno, Sachika (Vn.) Senzoku Gakuen College of Music Freshman Wind Ensemble Conducted by Ito, Yasuhide
Bilder einer Ausstellung (by M. P. Mussorgsky)

Symphonic Cantata for 2 Pianos 8 Hands, Saxophone Quartet, Chorus and Band

Composed: Sep 13, 2005
Instrument: 2Pf.(8Hands) Band 4Sax.(SATB) Mix-chor.
Duration: 35:00

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Premiere Sep 27, 2005
Asian Super Gala Concert 2005 in Osaka
Carmen Fantasy for Flute and Wind Band (by G.Bizet)

Composed: Apr 11, 2001
Instrument: Fl.(Solo) Picc. Fl. Ob. Ehorn. Bn.Cl. Sax. Hrn. Trp. Trb. Euph. Tub. Cb. Timp. Perc. Hp.

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From "Pomp and circumstance" for brass ensemble (By E. Elgar) [3Cornet Hrn. Trb. Euph. Perc.]

Composed: Jan 20, 2001
Instrument: 3Cornet. Hrn. Trb. Euph. Perc

Wakai-chikara (by S. Takada)

for National Athletic meet

Composed: Jun 23, 1999
Instrument: Picc. Fl. Ob. Bn. Cl. Sax. Hrn. Trp. Trb. Euph. Tub. Cb. Timp. Perc.

Rhapsody in Blue (by G. Gershwin)

Composed: 1998
Instrument: SoloPf. 3Fl. Ob. SoloCl. 4Cl. Bas.Cl. Sop.Sax. AltoSax. Ten.Sax.Bar.Sax. 3Hrn. 2Trp. 3Trb. Euph. Tub. Cb. Perc.

Premiere Dec 13, 1998
Ito, Yasuhide (Pf.) Barasushi Wind Symphony
CD: As Time is passing on -Band works by ITO Yasuhide(Cafua/CACG-0015)
Etude op.10-3 for Chorus and Band (by F. Chopin)

Composed: Nov 06, 1994
Instrument: Fl. Ob. Bn. Cl. Sax. Hrn. Trp. Trb. Euph. Tub. Timp. Perc. F-chor.

The Japanese Soccer Anthem (by Sakamoto, Ryuichi)

Composed: 1994
Instrument: 2Fl. Picc. Ob. Bsn. EbCl. 3BbCl. A.Cl. B.Cl. Asax. Tsax. Bsax. 4Hrn. 3Trp. Euph. Trb. Tub. Cb. Timp. Perc.
Duration: 5:00

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"St. John's Night" from "The Fair at Sorochinrzy" (by M. P. Mussorgsky)

Composed: Sep 6, 1992
Instrument: 2Fl. Picc. Ob . Bsn. E♭Cl. 3B♭Cl. S-Sax. 2A-Sax. T-Sax. Bar-Sax. 4Hrn. 3Trp. 3Trb. Euph. Tub. Cb. Timp. 4Perc
Duration: 11:00

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Symphonie pour grand orchestre-4eme mouvement (by Yashiro, Akio)

Composed: Oct 19, 1991
Instrument: Picc. Fl. Ob. Bn. Cl. Sax. Hrn. Corn. Trp. Trb. Euph. Tub. Cb. Timp. Perc.

Premiere Apr 1, 1992
Etudes-Tableaux (by S. Rachmaninov)

Composed: Jun 11, 1990
Instrument: Band

Variations from "Carnival of Venice" [Euph. Band]

Composed: Oct 05, 1988
Instrument: Euph. Picc. Fl. Ob. Cl. Sax. Hrn. Trp. Trb. Bari(opt). Tub. Cb. Timp. Perc.

CD: Euphonium Concerto
Carnaval of Venis for Euphonium and Bnad (Euphonium: Ushigami, Takashi)
Vocalise op.34-14 (by S. Rachmaninov) [Sax. Band]

Composed: Sep 27, 1988
Instrument: A-Sax. Band

CHACONNE from "PARTITA NO.2" for Solo Violin in D minor BWV.1004 (By J. S. Bach)

Partita in D minor for solo violin (BWV 1004)

Composed: 1987
Instrument: Picc. Fl. Ob. Cl. Sax. Hrn. Trp. Trb. Euph. Tub. Cb. Timp. Perc.
Duration: 8:30

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Note Chaconne from Partita No. 2 for Solo Violin in D minor, BWV1004 by Bach

Originally a piece for the solo violin, Ferruccio Busoni has arranged this piece for the piano, so well it fully utilizes the piano’s characteristics and seems like a composition of his own.
As for my arrangement though, I sought sounds unique only to the wind band instead, sounds unattainable with a piano or an orchestra. It might be interesting to relate this rendition to its original form, an ancient Spanish dance, rather than to the original composition by Bach, which features the solo violin. The rich sound, sometimes comparable to an organ’s, and the variety of tone colors produced by the wind band, are some aspects to look out for through this arrangement.

The chaconne starts with a beautiful harmony featuring three trombones, having been inspired by a friend’s suggestion. Although this arrangement is abbreviated to about half the length of the original, I retained, however, the balance of the three sections, D minor?D major?D minor, in the golden ratio, similar to the original.

ITO Yasuhide
(Program for the premiere in 1987)


Chaconne is a form of ancient dance, one of many variations. Bach adopted the form and transformed it into a grand ten-minute masterpiece that features a solo violin. This work has seemingly inspired many composers after him. Brahms and Busoni, for example, have arranged the piece for the piano. There are also arrangements for string orchestras. This summer, I myself have written an arrangement featuring the saxophone, too.

This rendition for the wind band was originally written in 1987. A friend had suggested that I could start the piece with three trombones, which gave me enough inspiration to go about the process then. At that time, as I had particular interest in Schnberg’s Klangfarbenmelodie (melody of tone colors), I have applied intricate details to the orchestration of this piece. While this arrangement was abbreviated to a little more than 60 percent of its original length, its golden ratio construction is being retained.

ITO Yasuhide
(Program for Symphonic Brass Kapelle concert on December 2005)
2 Marches from Etude-tablaux op.39 (by S. Rachmaninov)

Instrument: Picc. Fl. Ob. Cl. Sax. Hrn. Trp. Trb. Euph. Tub. Cb. Timp. Perc.

Symphony No.5 (by D. Shostakovich)

Duration: 45:00

Commissioned Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra
Beethoven for us (by L. Beethoven)

Duration: 3:30

CD: ITO YASUHIDE 2007 (ItoMusic/IMCD0707)
Marine Fantasy for Bands

Duration: 10:00

Commissioned Senzoku Gakuen College of Music
Premiere Jul 20, 2009
Senzoku Gakuen College of Music Bands
Furusato (by T. Okano)

Duration: 2:30

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Bengawan Solo (by G. Martohartono)

Duration: 5:00

Note Bengawan Solo is a famous Indonesian song about the Solo River, which flows through central and eastern Java, Indonesia. It was written in 1940 by Gesang Martohartono (1917-2010), and became popular in Asia, especially in Japan since the end of World War II. This song is also printed in the Japanese music textbook.

This arrangement is in the form of variations. It was commissioned by West Winds, band of the Bukit Batok Community Club, Singapore, dedicated to their patron Mr. and Mrs. Johnson Liew of the Bengawan Solo Pte Ltd. The song was premiered on March 6th 2010 at the Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore.
Premiere 2010
"First Suite in E-flat" for Military Band (by G. Holst)

Instrument: Picc. Fl. Eb Cl.1&2(2nd ad lib.) Ob.1&2(ad lib.) Bb Solo Cl. Bb Cl.1,2&3 A. Sax.(ad lib.) T. Sax.(ad lib.) B. Cl.(ad lib.) Bsn.1&2(2nd ad lib.) Cor.1&2 Trp.1,2&3(ad lib.) F Horns 1,2 Trb.1&2(2nd ad lib.) B. Trb. Euph. Baritone(ad lib.) Tuba(div.) St. Bass(ad lib.) Timpani(ad lib.) B.D. Cym. Side Drum Tri. Tamb.
Duration: 11:00

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CD: NANIWA ORCHESTRAL WINDS 2013
"Second Suite in F" for Military Band (by G. Holst)

Instrument: Picc. Fl. Eb Cl.1&2(2nd ad lib.) Ob.1&2(ad lib.) Bb Solo Cl. Bb Cl.1,2&3 A. Sax.(ad lib.) T. Sax.(ad lib.) B. Cl.(ad lib.) Bsn.1&2(2nd ad lib.) Cor.1&2 Trp.1,2&3(ad lib.) F Horns 1,2 Trb.1&2(2nd ad lib.) B. Trb. Euph. Baritone(ad lib.) Tuba(div.) St. Bass(ad lib.) Timpani(ad lib.) B.D. Cym. Side Drum Tri. Tamb.
Duration: 11:00

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Intermezzo Sinfonico from ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ (by P. Mascagni)