Wind Band

Original Works (2003 - 1978)

Rapsodia di Toyama, for Band

Composed: Jul 9, 2003
Duration: 6:00

Dona Nobis Pacem per Band

Composed: Apr 25, 2003
Instrument: Band.
Duration: 7:00

Premiere Aug 8, 2003
Story of One Thousand Broken Musical Instruments

Composed: Feb 1, 2003
Instrument: Fl. Picc. Ob. Bas. 3BbCl. BbBassCl. 2Alt.Sax. Ten.Sax. Bar.Sax. 4Hrn. 3Trp. 3Trb. Euph. Tub. Cb. Hp(Pf). Timp. 2Perc(Triangle,Bass Drum, Hi-Hat Cymbal, Suspended Cymbal,Snare Drum, Cymbals, Tambourine, Glockenspiel&Xylophone)
Duration: 12:00

Premiere Mar 20, 2003
Mt. Fuji March

Based on Fuji-no-Yama

Composed: May 22, 2002
Instrument: Fl.1-2 Ob. Bn. E♭Cl. Cl.1-3 BassCl. ASax.1-2 TSax. B.Sax. Hrn1-4 Trp.1-3 Trb.1-3 Euph. Tub. S.B. Timp. S.D. B.D. 4Toms
Duration: 5:00

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Premiere 2002
Get well, Maestro

Composed: Apr 10, 2002
Instrument: Picc. Fl. Ob. Bn. Cl. Sax. Hrn. Trp. Trb. Euph. Tub. Cb. Timp. Perc. Vocal
Duration: 3:00

Commissioned Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra
Premiere Apr 11, 2002
Kokon-Puipui

Composed: Mar 9, 2002
Instrument: Band. Vocal

Premiere Mar 17, 2002
Choral Fantasy, Symphonic poem for Band

Composed: Jan 11, 2002
Instrument: 2Fl. Picc. Ob. Hrn. 2Bn. EbCl. 3BbCl. BbBassCl. 2Alt.Sax. Ten.Sax. Bar.Sax. 4Hrn. 4BbTrp. 3Trb. Euph.Tub. Cb. Hp. Timp. Perc.
Duration: 13:00

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Note I spent my high school days in Hamamatsu studying musical composition, and was fascinated with J. S. Bach’s music at that time. I found pleasure in playing on the piano, Bach’s chorales and their developed forms, the chorale preludes, and fantasias. With that, I was able to study and appreciate the beautiful architecture of Bach’s music.

Some months ago, I conducted a wind band, performing Bach’s Chorale Fantasia, O Mensch, Bewein’ dein’ Snde Gro゚ BWV622 from Little Organ Book, arranged by Percy Grainger, while reminiscing my good old high school days. It came to my realization how long it has been since I came across such sheer beauty in the realm of sound. The chorale has been on my mind, reverberating in my ears since then.

At present, the Chubu Japan Air Self-Defense Force Band is celebrating its 25th anniversary. I recall going to one of their concerts during my teenage years, and by calculating the years passed, I realized that could have possibly been their very first concert. It is an honor to be given this splendid opportunity to compose a piece in celebration of such an important occasion. Celebration, I believe, comprises of elements related to prayer. Hence, as a prayer for peace, while also taking pleasure in the memory of my personal life in Hamamatsu, I quoted the entire chorale in this work, aptly describing the words, Oh Man, bewail your great sins.

ITO Yasuhide
(Program for the premiere in 2002)
Commissioned Chubu Japan Air Self-Defense Force Band
Premiere Mar 01, 2002
Japan Air Self-Defence Force, Chubu Band
March 'Over the Wind'

Composed: Nov 8, 2001
Instrument: Fl. Picc. Ob. Bn. Cl. Sax. Hrn. Trp. Trb. Euph. Tub. Cb. Timp. Perc.
Duration: 6:00

Premiere Dec 9, 2001
March 'Over the Century'

Composed: Sep 3, 2001
Instrument: Pcc. Fl. Ob. Bn. Cl. Sax. Hrn. Trp. Trb. Euph. Tub. Cb. Timp. Perc.
Duration: 6:00

Commissioned Kisarazu High School Band
Premiere Dec 17, 2001
Kisarazu High School Band
March 'The Three Tops Hill'

Composed: Mar 1, 2001
Instrument: Picc. Fl. Bn. Cl. Sax. Hrn. Trp. Trb. Euph. Tub. Timp. Perc.
Duration: 3:30

Commissioned Inasa High School Band
Premiere Nov 16, 2001
Inasa High School Band
Pacem et gloriam pro nobis, Overture for Band

Composed: Jan 30, 2001
Instrument: Picc. Fl.1,2 Ob.1,2 Bn. EbCl. Cl1,2,3 AltoCl BassCl ContraltoCl. ContrabassCl. ASax.1,2 TSax. BSax. Hrn.1,2,3,4 Trp.1,2,3 Trb.1,2,3 Euph. Tub. Cb. Hp. C-chor. Tim.p. Perc. BANDA1(Trp1,2,3 Trb1,2,3) BANDA2(Trp1,2,3 Snare. Tom.) BANDA3(Trp1,2,3 Snare. Tom.) BANDA4(Trp1,2,3 Trb1,2,3)
Duration: 7:00

Commissioned Soka Gloria Wind Orchestra
Premiere Feb 18, 2001
Soka Gloria Wind Band conducted by Sagawa, Seiji
As Time is passing on, Symphonic Movement for Band

Composed: Jul 08, 2000
Instrument: Org.. Acc. Baritone. Band

Commissioned Gral Wind Orchestra
Premiere Aug 01, 2000
Gral Wind Orchestra
As Time is passing on, Symphonic Poem for Band

Composed: May 25, 2000
Instrument: 2or3Fl. Picc. 2Ob. 3Bas. EbCl. 3BbCl. AltoCl. BassCl. Sop.Sax. 2Alt.Sax. Ten.Sax. Bar.Sax. 4Hrn. 3Cornette. 3Trp. 2Trb. BassTrb. Euph. Tub. Cb. Timp. Perc. Mix-chor(sung by players)
Duration: 15:00

Note Commissioned by Gral Wind Orchestra for their tenth anniversary. Completed on 25 May 2000 and premiered on 8th July in the same year conducted by Seiji Sagawa.

Shortly before I started composing this work, my mother-in-law had passed away and it affected me to write this, unexpectedly, to some extent in the style of requiem. Preceding several years from that, I received from Mr. Nozomu Hayashi a set of verses named Twelve Requiems, on the first of which I composed an unaccompanied choral work, ‘As Time Is Passing On’. It is quoted in the last part of the current work.
As Time Is Passing On is for wind band with mixed chorus and consists of the four following parts: Lamento, Marcia, Dies Irae and As Time Passing On. The chorus part can be sung either by the members of the band or by a separate choral group. There are some solo alto passages.

As I was asked for something which would have Mr. Sagawa in tears, I deliberately introduced some elements that are reminiscence of Wagner, his favorite composer as I heard.

Part 1, Lamanto: Written in a way as a sequel to the choral work ‘As Time Is Passing On’ and the motif derived from it appears symbolically throughout.

Pat 2, Marcia: Also based on the same motif as the previous part and partially in the style of Liszt’s symphonic poem, ‘Les peludes’.

Part 3, Dies Irae: Starting with singing the first verse of liturgical text, Dies Irae (Day of Wrath). It is possible as an option to continue to sing the remaining six stanzas in Latin.

Part 4, Time Is Passing On: It begins with mixed chorus in four voices. This section can also be performed solely by wind band with optional organ. Close to the ending, the chorus sing ‘requiem aeternam’ (eternal rest) on the C sharp tonic chord played very softly. This closing also implies the opening of the piece so that it forms a circle with no beginning or ending.


As Time Is Passing On by Nozomu Hayashi

The morning light on my cheeks
Turns into twilight in no time
As time is passing on
So swiftly and silently
I find myself wondered

Being alive now and
All the things I saw
Are for once and only

The fresh young leaves of spring
Turns into summer foliage in no time
As time is passing on
So swiftly and drastically
I find myself bewildered

Having been alive and
All the things I saw
Are for once and only

(This translation is only to show the outline of the original poem in Japanese language.)
Commissioned Gral Wind Orchestra
Premiere Jul 08, 2000
Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall, Gral Wind Orchestra conducted by Sagawa, Seiji
CD: As Time is passing on -Band works by ITO Yasuhide(Cafua/CACG-0015)
Go For Broke, Symphonic Poem for Band

Composed: Mar 01, 2000
Instrument: Picc. 2Fl. 2Ob. Bn. 3BbCl. BassCl. ConBassCl. 2ASax. TSax. BarSax. 4Hrn. Corn. Trp. Trb. BassTrb. Euph. 2Tub. Timp. Perc.
Duration: 6:30

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Note A commissioned work by Mililani High School Band, Hawaii. First performed by the band on March 1st, 2000, at the Pan Pacific Band Festival, held at the city of Hamamatsu of Shizuoka prefecture, Japan. Dedicated in memory of the men of the 100th Battalion, and the 442nd Infantry Regiment of the United States Army, which was mainly formed by soldiers of Japanese ancestry.
Pertaining to the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Imperial Navy on 7th December 1941, people of Japanese ancestry were categorized as criminals, with all properties confiscated, and confined to internment camps, facing discrimination and oppression in the US.
It was the time for the Japanese Americans, who were born in the US to immigrant parents, to stand up and prove their loyalty to their one and only true home. They responded voluntarily to the military draft, fought bravely as soldiers of the United States Army on the frontlines of Europe. To this day, they serve as the pride of all Japanese Americans.
One cannot imagine the indescribable feeling experienced by these soldiers, loyal to America at heart, but connected by blood to Japan. This symphonic poem, aims to illustrate the state of mind and emotions felt by them. The title is derived from the motto of the 442nd Infantry Regiment, “Go For Broke”.
On another note, Internet searches with “100 442” as keywords return with numerous results associated with this particular piece of history. In conjunction with the marking of the 70th year of the end of World War II, may this piece also serve as a call to know the truths of war, and above all, a chance to understand the race problem.
Commissioned Mililani High School Band, Hawaii
Premiere Mar 25, 2000
Mililani High School Band, Hawaii conducted by Ito, Yasuhide
Ryukuan Fantasy, for Piano and Band

Composed: Mar 03, 1999
Duration: 5:00

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Commissioned NTT East Tokyo Wind Ensemble
Premiere May 14, 1999
NTT East Tokyo Wind Ensemble Ito, Yasuhide (Pf.) conducted by Yamada, Masahiro
CD: As Time is passing on -Band works by ITO Yasuhide(Cafua/CACG-0015)
CD: NTT East Tokyo Winds Ensemble (Cafua/CACG-0106)
Kokiriko alla Marcia

Composed: Feb 06, 1999
Duration: 4:30

Publisher: Rundel
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Commissioned Toyama Pref.
Premiere 2000
Information March for the Natinal Sports Festival in Toyama prefecture in 2000.
La Vita, Symphony in 3 Scenes

1. La Sinfonia 2. Una Poeta  3. La Vita

Composed: Sep 06, 1998
Instrument: 2Fl. Picc(3rd.Fl).. 2Ob(Ehrn). 2Bn. Eb Cl. 3Bb Cl. Eb Alt.Cl. Bb Bass.Cl. Contralto Cl. S.Sax. 2ASax. TSax. BarSax. 4Hrn. 3Trp. 3Trb. Euph.(div.) Tub.(div.) St.Bass. Timp. 6Perc.
Duration: 18:00

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1. La Sinfonia 2. Una Poeta 
3. La Vita
Note In the past few years, Ito has been writing vocal music, becoming aware of the beauty of the Japanese language. He thought of applying this to band music, and this piece was born. What is "Symphony"? What is "contemporary music"? What is the difference between popular music and serious music? This work is his answer to all these questions. La Sinfonia means "The Symphony". Una Poeta, quoted from his own vocal music, is "A Poet". "La Vita" has a different nuance from the English word "the life". What the music expresses is, as Arthur Rimbaud says, "Ma vie etait le festin".


Commissioned National Cultural Festival in Oita '98
Premiere Oct 18, 1998
Ooita High school Selected Band conducted by Ito, Yasuhide
CD: Gloriosa -works of Ito, Yasuhide (brain/BOCD-7402)

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Festeggiamo e Cantiamo, Musica Festiva per Banda

Composed: Jul 07, 1998
Instrument: Picc. 2Fl. 2Ob. 2Bn. EbCl. 3BbCl. AltoCl. BassCl. SSax. ASax. TSax. BarSax. 4Hrn. 3Trp. 3Trb. Euph. Tub. St.Bass. Tim.p. Perc.
Duration: 9:30

Commissioned Toyama Pref. Band Association
Premiere Jul 25, 1998
Toyama Girls High School Band Conducted by Ito, Yasuhdie
Information Available for Chor additional.
CD: ITO YASUHIDE 2007 (ItoMusic/IMCD0707)
Maiko Spring March

Composed: Feb 04, 1998
Instrument: Picc. 2Fl. Ob. Bn. EbCl. 3BbCl. AltoCl. BassCl. 2ASax. TSax. BarSax. 4Hrn. 3Trp. 3Trb. Euph. Tub. St.Bass. Timp. Perc.
Duration: 4:00

Commissioned Uonuma Wind band & Univ. of Tsukuba Symphonic band
Premiere Mar 29, 1998
Uonuma Wind band & Univ. of Tsukuba Symphonic band conducted by Ito, Yasuhide
Ryukuan Fantasy, for Band

Composed: Jan 31, 1998
Duration: 4:30

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Commissioned Toshima-ku Wind Orchestra
Premiere Apr 29, 1998
Toshima-ku Wind Orchestra conducted by Ito, Yasuhide
Information Originally for 2Pf and Pf(4Hands). Other versions are following. For 2Pf. 1Pf(4Hands).Vn&Pf.1Pf.SopSax&Pf. PfSeptet(5Strings,Perc,Pf).PfSextet(5Strings,Pf).Pf&Band.Vn&SaxQurtet&Pf(Pf is option).SaxQurtet.
CD: Philharmonic Winds OSAKAN Vol.4
"Meguru Kisetsu ni" for Wind Ensemble

Composed: Nov 09, 1996
Instrument: Picc. 2Fl. Ob. Bn. 3BbCl. AitoCl. BassCl. 2ASax. TSax. BarSax. 4Hrn. 2Trp.(Cornets). 3Trb. Euph. Tub. St.Bass. Perc.
Duration: 10:00

Commissioned Japan Air Self-Defence Force, Chubu Band
Premiere Feb 27, 1997
Japan Air Self-Defence Force, Chubu Band
A la Suite Classique, for Wind Ensemble

1.Allemande en forme de Tango 2.Sarabande en forme de Chaconne 3.Gavotte en forme de Habanera 4.Gigue en forme de Zapateado 

Composed: Feb 13, 1996
Instrument: Fl. Picc(2nd.Fl). 3BbCl. 2ASax. TSax. 2Hrn. 2Trp. 2Trb. Euph. Tub. Timp. Perc. (Option. Ob. Bn. EbCl. AltoCl. BassCl. BarSax. 3&4Hrn. 3rdTrp. 3rdTrb. St.Bass.)
Duration: 9:00

Note A so-called “classical suite”, such as J.S Bach’s well-known French Suites, BWV 812-817 and Partitas, BWV 825-830 can be simply considered as a collection of dance pieces. Dances that were popular during a composer’s time, or old ones no-longer danced were integrated altogether as one piece. It can also be considered as a form of a variation using the same tonality or sharing a similar theme. As for this “A la Suite Classique (Classic Suite)”, I would say, is a modernized version of a similar concept which includes some newer dances, or a parody of an old form. It comes along as some sort of a brand-new piece that bears an antique taste to it.
The allemande is a German duple meter dance with its roots spanning from the 16th till the beginning of the 17th century. By combining a little tango rhythm, the 1st movement is light and melodic, with a smooth going melody, and a stimulating experience with the irregular meter.
The sarabande is a slow dance in triple meter, and originated from 17th ? 18th century Europe. The 2nd movement is a sarabande combined with the chordal system of a chaconne. It begins ponderously but steadily develops into something with a little “pop” flavor.
The gavotte is a French dance written in 2/2 or 4/4, with a moderate tempo, and is recognized for its half-measure upbeat feature. The 3rd movement is a gavotte, with a habanera rhythm to it. One can savor the tones unique to a wind ensemble with this light orchestration, and the intrigue of an unanticipated transposition in this movement.
The gigue is a lively British dance originating from 16th century. The 4th movement is a dance in 6/8 meter combining the gigue with the Spanish zapateado, with the occasional travesty in a lively rhythm.
“A la suite” in the title is defined as “in the form of a classic suite”, but “a la suite” can also be defined with a nuance - “in classic form one after another”.
This piece was originally composed in January 1995, under the request of the Euphonium Company , for 4 euphoniums and an accordion, and arranged for a piano duet soon after (both are yet to be published). It initially comprises seven movements, but has been compressed into four for this arrangement for the wind ensemble.
The Festival Wind Orchestra conducted by the composer himself, premiered this wind orchestra rendition at the California Institute of Technology Band Festival (21 April 1996). This composition is considerably light-hearted, unique to the characteristics of a small ensemble, as it was composed then for a small wind ensemble.
Premiere Apr 21, 1996
California Polytechnic State University Band Festival, Cal Poly Wind Orchestra Conducted by Ito, Yasuhide
Information Composed originally for 4Eupf. and an accordion. Available for Pf (4Hands), Fl&Pf virsion and Euph&Pf.
Sonata Classica, for Wind Emsembule

Composed: Aug, 1995
Instrument: Fl. Picc. 6BbCl. 2ASax. TSax. 2Hrn. 2Trp. 2Trb. Euph. Tub. Timp. Perc.
Duration: 6:00

Commissioned All Japan Band Association
Information Set piece for the Band Competition in 1996. Available both condensed score and Pf(4Hands).
Hamamatsu Overture

Composed: Jun 29, 1995
Instrument: 2Fl. Picc. Ob. Bn. EbCl. 3BbCl. AltoCl. BassCl. 2ASax.. TSax. BarSax. 4Hrn. 4Trp. 3Trb. Euph. Tub. St.Bass. Timp. Perc.
Duration: 5:00

Commissioned Hamamatsu City
Premiere Jul 23, 1995
WASBE Hmamatsu Opening Concert, Osaka City Wind Orchestra conducted by Kimura, Yoshihiro
Information Opening music for WASBE in Hamamatsu. Quotation from "Fanfare for Hamamatsu City".
CD: WASBE CONCERTS,1995 (KOSEI Publishing)
Preludio Celebrativo, for Band

Composed: Jun 10, 1995
Instrument: Picc. 2Fl. Ob(option). 3BbCl. BassCl. 2ASax. TSax. BarSax. 4Hrn. 3Trp. 3Trb. 2Euph. Tub. St.Bass(option) Timp. Perc.
Duration: 5:00

Commissioned Kumagaya High School Band Reunion
Premiere Oct 28, 1996
Kumagaya High School Band
Melodies, for Wind Ensemble

Composed: Jun 10, 1995
Instrument: Picc. 2Fl. 2Ob. Ehrn. 2BbCl. BassCl. SSax. ASax. TSax. 2Bn.. ContraBn. 4Hrn. 2Trp. 2Trb. 2Euph. Tub. Perc.
Duration: 10:00

Commissioned Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra
Premiere Mar 29, 1996
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra conducted by Iimori, Taijiro
CD: Procession Fantasy

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Chopin Fantasy

Composed: Oct 27, 1994
Instrument: Pf. Picc(Fl3rd). 2Fl. 3Ob. 3BbCl. ASax.TSax. BarSax. 3Bn. 4Hrn.
Duration: 5:00

Premiere Nov 23, 1994
Ito, Yaushide (Pf.) Hamamatsu Symphonic Wind Orchestra
Three Scenes from Soma (suite)

1. Fanfare 2. Shin-Soma-Bushi 3. Soma Festival March

Composed: Sep 28, 1994
Duration: 12:00

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Commissioned Soma City, Fukushima
Premiere Apr 21, 1996
California Polytechnic State University Band Festival, Cal Poly Wind Orchestra Conducted by Ito, Yasuhide
A Jubilee Symphony

Ⅰ Fanfare Ⅱ remembrance / Farewell

Composed: Jun 24, 1994
Instrument: 2Fl. Picc(Fl3rd). 2Ob. 2Bn. EbCl. 3BbCl. AltoCl. BassCl. 2ASax. TSax. BarSax. 4Hrn. 3Trp. 3Trb. Euph.. Tub. St.Bass. Timp. Perc.
Duration: 13:00

Note This piece was commissioned by the Alumni Association of Hamamatsu-Kita High School in Shizuoka ( The composer was a student there.), for its 100th anniversary of foundation. The piece was not intended to recall his good old memories of his high school days, but to express his positive attitude to the future. The title of the second movement "Remembrance" and "Farewell" account for that. In the second movement, he tries microtonal melodies without rhythms.
To be published by Ludwig.
Commissioned Hamamatsu Kita High School Alumni Reunion
Premiere Oct 15, 1994
Hamamatsu Kita High School Centennial Ceremony, Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra conducted by Ito, Yasuhide
Information Consists of two parts"Fanfare"(5min) and "Remembarance farewell"(8min).
CD: Gloriosa -works of Ito, Yasuhide (brain/BOCD-7402)

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Fanfare for Hamamatsu City

Composed: May 25, 1994
Instrument: Picc. Fl. Ob . E♭Cl. A-Sax. Hrn. Trb. Euph. Tub. Cb. Timp. Perc
Duration: 1:00

Funa-Uta(Boat Song), for Band

Composed: Dec 29, 1993
Duration: 8:00

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Commissioned Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force, Kure Band
Premiere Feb 19, 1994
Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force, Kure Band
CD: Gloriosa -works of Ito, Yasuhide (brain/BOCD-7402)

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Remembrance II

Composed: Oct 24, 1993
Instrument: Picc. 2Fl. Ob. Ehrn. Bn. EbCl. 2BbCl. AltCl. BassCl. CBassCl. SSax. ASax. TSax. BarSax. 4Hrn. 3Trp. 3Trb. Euph. Tub. St.Bass. Pf. Timp. Perc.
Duration: 13:00

Commissioned University of Tsukuba Symphonic Band
Premiere Nov 03, 1993
University of Tsukuba Symphonic Band conducted by Ito, Yasuhide
Soma Festival March No.2

Composed: Apr 03, 1993
Instrument: Picc. 2Fl. Ob. Bn. EbCl. 3BbCl. AltoCl. BassCl. 2ASax. TSax. BarSax. 4Hrn. 3Trp. 3Trb. Euph. Tub. StBass. Timp. Perc.
Duration: 6:00

Commissioned Soma City, Fukushima
Premiere Aug 20, 1993
Soma Festival March

Composed: Jan 1, 1993
Duration: 6:30

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Commissioned Soma City, Fukushima
Premiere Jan 29, 1993
Soma High School and Soma Girls High School Bnad conducted by Ito, Yasuhdie
March, Wind & Sun

Composed: 1993
Instrument: Picc. 2Fl. Ob. Bn. EbCl. 3BbCl. AltoCl. BassCl, 2ASax. TSax. BarSax. 4Hrn. 3Trp. 3Trb. Euph. Tub. St.Bass. Timp. Perc.
Duration: 4:00

Fantasia Classica, for Wind Ensemble

Composed: Dec 27, 1992
Instrument: 2Fl(Picc). 6BbCl. 2ASax. TSax. 2Hrn. 2Trp. 2Trb. Euph. Tub. Timp. Perc. (option: Ob. Fg.BassCl. BarSax. St.Bass.)
Duration: 7:00

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Commissioned Japan Band Clinic Committee
Premiere May 17, 1993
University of Cincinnati Band conducted by Ito, yaushide
Information Available for sax octet.
CD: 2013 New Pieces Concert (Brain/OSBR-29035)
Fuji, Symphonic Sketch for Band

Composed: Nov 13, 1992
Instrument: 2Fl. Picc(3rdFl). 2Ob. Bn. EbCl. 3BbCl. AltCl. BassCl. 2ASax. TSax. BarSax. 4Hrn. 3Trp. 3Trb. Euph. Tub .St.Bass. Timp. Perc.
Duration: 9:00

Commissioned Fuji Symphonic Band
Premiere Nov 29, 1992
Fuji Symphonic Band 20th Anniversary Concert
Overture, for Wind Ensemble

Composed: Jun 29, 1992
Instrument: 2Fl. 2Ob. 2Cl. 2ASax. 2Fg. 2Hrn. 2Trp. 2Trb. Tub.
Duration: 7:00

Commissioned Dr.Frederick Fennell
Premiere Jul 17, 1992
Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra conducted by F. Fennell
Rapsodia Formosa, for Band

Composed: Jan 06, 1992
Duration: 8:30

Commissioned Taiwan Band Association
Premiere Aug 16, 1992
7th Asia Pacific Band Directors Association
Interlude a un Opera inacheve

Composed: Aug 8, 1991
Instrument: Picc. 2Fl. 2Ob. 2Bn. EbCl. 3BbCl. AltoCl. BassCl. 2ASax. TSax. BarSax. 4Hrn. 3Trp. 3Trb. Euph. Tub. St.Bass. Timp. Perc.
Duration: 7:40

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Note Ito has long wanted to write an opera, and has been writing many vocal works. When he wrote this piece in 1991, he was vaguely thinking about an opera. The title derivers from his 1986 work Prelude to an Unfinished Opera, commissioned by the Tsukuba University Band, for which he had been conducting for a long time. When he wrote the piece, he had just finished graduate school, and he wa pondering his future as a professional composer. The piece was composed for his next step. As Richard Strauss did in Ein Heldenlaben ("A hero's life"), Ito quotes many melodies from his band works, such as Progress (1979), Evocation (1982), Sinfonia (1985).
Commissioned by the Sapporo Wind Band, for its twentieth anniversary of foundation.
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Commissioned Sapporo Wind Band
Premiere Nov 23, 1991
Sapporo Wind Band 20th Anniversary Concert
CD: Gloriosa -works of Ito, Yasuhide (brain/BOCD-7402)

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Variations from the Northern Sea, for Band

Composed: May 06, 1991
Instrument: Fl. Picc. EbCl. 3BbCl. BassCl. 2ASax.. TSax. BarSax. 4Hrn. 3Trp. 3Trb. Euph. Tub.. St.Bass. Timp. Perc.
Duration: 6:00

Publisher: TRN Music Publisher
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Commissioned Simizu, Akiko & Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force, Oominato Band
Premiere Jun 10, 1991
Simizu, Akiko & Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force, Oominato Band
CD: Band Classics Library 9 (Brain/BOCD-7430)

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Symphony

Composed: Nov 20, 1990
Instrument: 2Fl. Picc. 2Ob. 2Bn. EbCl. 3BbCl. EbAlt.Cl. BbBassCl. EbCbassCl. 2ASax. TSax. BarSax. 4Hrn. 5Trp. 3Trb. 2Euph. 2Tub. St.Bass. 4Perc.
Duration: 15:00

Note This work,commissioned by the Tokyo Kosei wind orchestra, was first performanced as its 47th regular concert in Tokyo, with Hiroyuki Odano conducting, in 1990. Its first recorded performance is the one on this CD.Symphony consists of three movements, eextreamly short, presents the entire essence of the work; the second, althogh the most important part of the symphony, demonstrates a concept that is far removed from the view that in the classical symphony the theme is usually developed inthe second movement
;and the third movement, which again is very short, quickly concludes the work..
Commissioned Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra
Premiere Dec 24, 1990
Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra condected by Odano, Hiroyuki
Information Symphony consists of three movements: the first movement, extremely short, presents the entire essence of the work; the second, although the most important part of the symphony, demonstrates a concept that is far removed from the view that in the classical symphony the theme is usually developed in the second movement; and the third movement, which again is very short, quickly concludes the work..
CD: Dance of the Flying God (KOSEI Publishing)

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Fantasy Variations, for Euphonium and Band

Composed: Jul 03, 1990
Instrument: Euph. Band
Duration: 8:30

Commissioned Miura, Toru
Premiere Aug 11, 1990
Miura, Toru (Euph.) Sapporo Wind Band
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Gloriosa (Gururiyoza), Symphonic Poem for Band

Composed: Feb, 1990
Instrument: Fl. Ryu.(Picc.) Ob. Bn. EbCl. 3BbCl. B.assCl. 2A.Sax. T.Sax. B.Sax. 4Hrn. 2Trp. 3Trb. Euph. Tub. St.Bass. Timp. 3Perc.
Duration: 20:00

Publisher: ItoMusic / Brain
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Note Christianity was introduced into Japan in mid sixteenth century. It consequently brought a variety of western music. While Christianity was forbidden by the Tokugawa Shogunate, there were Christians called "Hidden Christians", who tried to advocate sermons and secret songs. In those songs, sad to say, melodies and lyrics like those of the Gregorian Chants were obliged to be "Japanized". For example, the Latin word "gloriosa" was changed to "gururiyoza". The difference between the "Japanized" melodies and the original ones induced Ito to write this piece, with which to solve the mystery. The first movement consists of variations on a Gregorian Chant which was introduced to Japan in those days. The second movement is Sanjuan sama no uta ("song of Saint Juan") sung by Hidden Christians. The third movement is based on Nagasaki Bura-bura Bushi, a folk song of the Nagasaki district, where many hidden Christians lived.
Commissioned by the Sasebo Band of Japan Maritime Self Defence Force.
Published by ONGAKU NO TOMO SHA.
Commissioned Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Sasebo Band
Premiere Feb 16, 1990
Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Sasebo Band conducted by Iwashita, Shoji
Information Available for the pf (Only for the first movement).Available for the orchestra virsion. This is written in the form of wind ensemble,so basically each part of 3BbClarinets,2euphonium and 2 tubas.percussion needs to have 4 players including the timpanist (see the example of setting the percussion).So this piece can be performed by 38 players at a minimum.Actually,however, it happens that plural players perform one part. If so, please be careful about balancing.
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Tableau, for Band

Composed: Jul, 1989
Instrument: Picc. 2Fl. Bn. EbCl. 3BbCl. AltoCl. BassCl. 2ASax. TSax. BarSax. 4Hrn. 3Trp. 3Trb. Euph. Tub. St.Bass. Timp. Perc. Pf(opthion)
Duration: 6:00

Commissioned Shigehiro, Akiko & Hofu High School Band
Premiere 1989
Prelude a un Opera inacheve

Composed: Oct, 1986
Instrument: Picc. 2Fl. Ob. EbCl. 3BbCl. AltoCl. BassCl. 2ASax. TSax. BarSax. 4Hrn. 3Trp. 3Trb. Euph. Tub. St.Bass. Pf. Org. Timp. Perc. Trp. Trb(BANDA)
Duration: 13:00

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Commissioned Univ. of Tsukuba Symphonic Band
Premiere Nov 02, 1986
Univ. of Tsukuba Symphonic Band conducted by Ito, Yaushide
Festal Scenes, for Band

Composed: Sep 01, 1986
Instrument:
Duration: 6:20

Publisher: TRN Music Publisher
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Commissioned Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Bnad Ominato
Premiere Oct 28, 1986
Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Bnad Ominato
Information Composed on the motif from the folk song. of Aomori Prefecture. Available for Pf Solo,Pf(4Hands)and for orchestra.
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Sinfonia, for Band

Composed: Jan, 1985
Instrument: Picc. 2Fl. Hb. Bn. EbCl. 3BbCl. 2ASax.TSax. BarSax. 4Hrn. 3Trp. 3Trb. Euph.Tub. St.Bass Timp. Perc.
Duration: 7:00

Premiere Aug 11, 1985
Hofu High School Band
Rag-Time-March

Composed: Sep, 1984
Instrument: 2Fl. Picc. Ob. Bn. 3BbCl. 2ASax. TSax. BarSax. 4Hrn. 3Trp. 3Trb. Euph. Tub. St.Bass Timp. Perc.
Duration: 3:00

Publisher: TRN Music Publisher
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Information March for concert. Available for the arrangement for fl,A.sax,pf.
Liturgia Sinfonica, for Band

Composed: Jul, 1984
Instrument: 2Fl. Picc. Ob. Bn. EbCl. 2BbCl. AltCl. BassCl. 2ASax. TSax. Bar.Sax. 4Hrn. 4Trp. 3Trb. Euph. Tub. St.Bass. Timp. Perc(6players)
Duration: 6:30

Premiere 1984
Information Available for various endings.
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吹奏楽のための『エヴォカシオンⅡ』

Title:"EvocationII" for Band

作曲年月日:1984年
編成:Picc. 3Fl. 2Hb. 2Bn. 12Cl. AltoCl. BassCl. SSax. 2ASax. TSax. BarSax. 4Hrn. 3Trp. 3Trb. Bartone. Tub. 2Hp. Pf. Perc.

初演データ (初演日)1984年
備考 製本コピー譜 校正入り
アルトサクソフォーンと吹奏楽のための《幻想的協奏曲》[Sax. Band]

Title:Concerto Fantastique pour Saxophone Alto et Orchestre d'Harmonie

作曲年月日:1983年 03月 12日
編成:A-Sax. BandPercussion:Timp. Gyoban(woodn plate). Sleigh Bells. Vibraphone. Tam. B.D. Sus.Cym. Toms. Drums. Bongos. Congas.
演奏時間:13:00(約)

プログラムノート  例えばリヒャルト・シュトラウスの「英雄の生涯」の如く、この作品に於いても「英雄」が語られている。但しそれはギリシャ古典劇などにみられるような「英雄」ではなく、ドナルド・キーンが「花道に立つと背がのびる」と言っていることから分かるように、極めて日本的な「英雄」なるものを目指している。「孤独ではあるが自己超克」(ツヴァイザムカイト)たらんと欲した似而非英雄が、次第に偉大なる英雄に成長し、大見得を切ったその時、果たして彼は真に英雄たる事ができたか否か?
 曲は打楽器によって開始され、ソロ・サクソフォーンがこれを受け継ぐ。このカデンツァによって全曲のモットーが提示され、低音楽器の強烈な音塊で始まる第一部に入る。この第一部は「アポロン的」また、それに続く第二部は「ディオニソス的」である。そして最後は、打楽器に支えられたソロ・サクソフォーンによって華々しく終わる。しかしながら、この最後のカデンツァは、一体、「Hymne」(讃歌)であるのか、それとも「Catastrophe」(破局)であるのかは、私にも分からない。
初演データ (初演日)1983年04月07日
(初演者)須川展也(A.Sax.)浜松北高校吹奏楽部 指揮:伊藤康英指揮
(初演場所)「浜松北高校吹奏楽部演奏会」浜松市民会館
委嘱者 須川展也氏、及び静岡県立浜松北高校吹奏楽部
備考 バンド・パートの2台ピアノ用編曲版あり。
CDタイトル:深層の祭 ~フェイバリット・パスト・アルバム・シリーズ
レーベル・CD番号:佼成出版社 / KOCD-2902
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吹奏楽のための《エヴォカシオン》

Title:Evocation, for Band

作曲年月日:1982年 07月
編成:Fl. Htb. Bn. BbCl. Sax. Cors. Trp. Trb. Bari. Tub. Cb. Perc.
演奏時間:5:30(約)

プログラムノート 私の吹奏楽歴(……とでもいっておこうか)は、中学に始まる。その、浜松市立中部中学校での私の恩師が、松下孝一先生である。先生は間もなく、静岡県立浜北西高校の講師となられ、吹奏楽部を創立された。そうした私が大学3年の時に、先生は、私に1曲の吹奏楽曲を委嘱された。そのときの、まあ、ちょっと内密にしておくべき(かもしれない)エピソードがあるのだが、まあ、せっかくの機会ですから書いてしまいましょう。

 その年、つまり1981年に、信国康博先生率いる埼玉の川口高等学校が全国大会で金賞を受賞した。その金賞は大いに波紋を投げ掛けた。というのは、自由曲に信国先生自身の御作である『無言の変革』よりの1曲を取り上げたからだ。ええと正確なタイトルを何といったか。『そこに山の姿はなかった』じゃないし(……これはシュワントナーの曲か)、ま、そんなような、ちょっとカッコイイ題名だったと記憶する。
 カッコイイのはタイトルだけではない。曲全体が、強烈な打楽器のリズムあり、ハープを使ったり、ホラ貝を使ったり、と、衝撃的なサウンドに満ちているのだ。今でこそ吹奏楽コンクールで多くの団体がハープを使っているが、なにしろ当時のことだ。そして、作品全体も、なんだか、狐につままれているうちに、ハ長調(だったかヘ長調だったか)の主和音を高らかに鳴らして終わってしまう。
 これを聞いた松下先生、甚く感激された。そうして、「あんなふうに打楽器ドコドコやっていて金賞取れちゃうんだったら、君、ちょっとあんな曲を作ってみなさい。」
と、そんなことになってしまったのだ。そんな、打楽器ドコドコ、といわれたって困る。で、私なりに考えた「打楽器ドコドコ」なる曲が、この『エヴォカシオン』である。
 1982年7月に完成。5分半程度の作品。松下先生の指揮する静岡県立浜北西高校吹奏楽部の演奏で、同年の吹奏楽コンクールにて初演された。
 今から考えると、当時の高校生たちがよく演奏できたなあ、と思うほどの難曲。テクニックやアンサンブルなどは難しくないのだが、なにしろ金管楽器のハイトーンだらけである。ホルンの高いFや、トランペットの高いC(いずれも実音)が何度も何度も登場するのである。
初演データ (初演日)1982年
(初演者)浜北西高校吹奏楽部 指揮:松下孝一
備考 松下孝一氏及び静岡県立浜北西高校吹奏楽部の委嘱により作曲
吹奏楽のための《プログレス》

Title:Progres, for Band

作曲年月日:1979年 10月
編成:Picc. 2Fl. Ob. Bn. EbCl. 3soloBbCl. 3BbCl. AltoCl. BassCl. 2ASax. TSax. BarSax. 4Hrn. 3Trp. 3Trb. 2Bartone. 2Tub. St.Bass.
演奏時間:6:00(約)

プログラムノート 自分はどのような音楽を書くべきか、という問に対する一つの答えとして、存在する様々な音の中から、差し当たり自分の欲するであろうと思われる音を並べてみたのがこの曲です。曲は単一の動機からなりその動機が種々のプロセスを経てプログレス(進行)していきます。
初演データ (初演日)1979年10月
(初演場所)1980年笹川賞入賞演奏会
備考 昭和54年度笹川賞第3位入賞作品
オン・ザ・マーチ

Title:On the March

作曲年月日:1978年 8月 12日
編成:2Fl. Picc. Ob. Bn. EbCl. .3BbCl. AltoCl. BassCl. 2ASax. TSax. BarSax. 4Hrn. 3Trp. 3Trb. Euph. Tub. St.Bass. Timp. Timp. S.D. Tom. B.D. Cymbals. Whip. Tam.
演奏時間:3:00(約)

出版社:TRN Music Publisher
プログラムノート  この曲には様々ないきさつがある。
 高校3年の夏、吹奏楽コンクールの課題曲公募のために作曲。とにかく完成させることの出来た最初の曲である。速めのコンサートマーチで、よし、それならば、絶対に歩けないようにフェルマータもいれてやろう、とか、思いもよらぬ転調をたくさんいれてやろう、とか、随分と凝った曲になった。スケッチもマジメにたくさん書き、コンデンス・スコアも作り、おまけにスコアは丁寧にペン書きした(ペンで書いたのは後にも先にもこのときだけ)。そして、これまたご丁寧に、締め切り日の1978年8月15日に吹奏楽連盟まで(当時は有楽町の朝日新聞の中にあった)持参していった。審査は最終まで残って、佼正ウィンドオーケストラで試奏までしてくれたのだが……見事落選!。そこで今度はオーケストレーションを変えてJBA(日本吹奏楽指導者協会)の作品募集に出した。これも最後まで残り、わざわざ高松まで審査を聞きにいったのだが、ここでも落選!。
 しかし、この曲をしっかり覚えていてくれる人もいるものだ。1991年になって、浜松工業高校の小田木保二氏が演奏したいというのだ。ちなみに彼と私とは同じ浜松北高校の卒業、そして筑波大学吹奏楽団で団長を務めていたこともある。それならば、もう一度オーケストレーションに手を入れようと考え、現在の最終稿が出来上がった。そして小田木氏指揮、浜松市高校選抜吹奏楽団の演奏により改訂版が初演された。これを、私のj抒情的「祭」を出版しているアメリカのTRN社に送っておいたところ、出版OKとの知らせ。ようやくこの曲は日の目を見ることとなりました。今私は、全く違うスタイルで作曲してはいるものの、やはり私らしい曲だと思う。とても気に入っている作品の一つである。
 ……と、この文章を読んでいる間にも終わってしまう、そんな小品です。(1993年11月プログラム/伊藤康英)
初演データ (初演日)1991年3月31日
(初演者)浜松市高校選抜バンド 指揮:小田木保二
(初演場所)「全日本吹奏楽高校選抜大会」 浜松市民会館
備考 ピアノ連弾版あり