Wind band

with Vocal

Rainbow for tomorrow for Chorus and Wind Ensemble

Composed: Sep 18, 2017
Duration: 7:30

Commissioned Konan Junior High School, Kanagawa, Japan
Premiere Oct 25, 2017
Kanashiku natta tokiwa

Composed: Jun, 2017

Premiere Oct 25, 2017

Composed: Jun, 2017

Premiere Oct 25, 2017

Composed: Jun, 2017

Premiere Oct 25, 2017
On the Road

an Oratorio or a Theatre Piece  for Narrator, Singer, Children’s chorus, Mixed voice chorus, Japanese instruments and band

Composed: Apr, 2017
Duration: 35

Premiere Aug 12, 2017
Ce qu’il nous enseigna… Pour Baryton et Orchestre d’Harmonie

Composed: Jul 28, 2016

Note Used as the text was the words by Buddha in Pali language. Original work is for baritone, soprano and wind band, premiered in Germany on 8th November 2015. A few days after that, on November 13th, terrorist attacks occurred in Paris. Antoine Leiris, a journalist who lost his beloved wife on this atrocity, posted a message on Facebook. It was shared by many people and reported by medias including Japanese newspapers.

“Alors non je ne vous ferai pas ce cadeau de vous ha$00EFr. Vous l’avez bien cherch$00E9 pourtant mais r$00E9pondre $00E0 la haine par la col$00E8re ce serait c$00E9der $00E0 la m$00EAme ignorance qui a fait de vous ce que vous $00EAtes.”
(I will never give you a gift of hatred, responding with anger as you wish will yield to the same ignorance as you.)

Those words had something in common with the text of my newly premiered piece. I received information that the ‘Coups de Vents’ composition competition was looking for works based ‘on the theme of peace’ (sur le th$00E8me de la paix). As an attempt to deliver a message for peace to France, I revised the work for baritone and wind band, and submitted it to the competition.

The Seashell Song for Vocal and Band

Composed: Jun, 2016

CD: Marine Fantasy (Brain/BOCD-7611)
Ibuki - Breath of Life, Symphonic Cantata for Voice and Wind Orchestra

Composed: May 8, 2016
Duration: 15:00

Note Ryoichi Wago is a Japanese poet who currently resides in Fukushima, where the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake had hit hard. He has since been the voice for the people of Fukushima, and the online publications of his works were a great sensation. In response, I have composed nearly forty songs as well as a cantata for chorus and an opera, “Ki-sho-ten-ten”. In my personal opinion, I think the power embedded in the words of Wago’s poetry has served as a torch for many souls right after the earthquake in 2011, and will still continue to light the paths of many hereafter.
Like a collage, I wove Wago’s poetry, the very words, and the spirit engraved in the words as well, into this composition. It is a piece about despair, hope, the future, love, the things we hold dear to our hearts, and the breath of life. The richness and delicacy of the wind orchestra, contrasts heavily with the voice’s imposing, yet tender presence.
It is neither an opera, nor a piece with a specific story to tell, but a composition that somewhat resembles a monodrama.
On another note, I would also like to express my heartfelt gratitude and delight for this opportunity, to write a piece which showcases the two genres I have long been engaged in $2013 wind orchestra music, and vocal music.
30 years has passed since “Festal Scenes”, a piece I have composed in lyrical style, by the request of Ominato Band of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force. That piece can also be said to have been my debut masterpiece, and I cannot express how deep my emotions are when I think of how this piece serves as the fruit I have bore through a long journey.
Finally, in a bid to show my appreciation, this piece is dedicated to the Tokyo Band of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Yukari Miyake, and Hiroyuki Tedzuka, with whom I have shared a long association with.

Premiere Jul 9, 2016
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Band, TOKYO
CD: Marine Fantasy (Brain/BOCD-7611)
That which He taught us …

for Bariton, Soprano and Band

Composed: Oct, 2015
Duration: 14:00

Note Signed in 1951, the Treaty of San Francisco officially marked the end of World War II. As the defeated nation of the war, Japan’s national sovereignty was at a risk of being lost to foreign powers such as China and the Soviet Union. The words of J. R. Jayawardene (1906-1996), former President of Sri Lanka (then Finance Minister of Ceylon) were what saved Japan from that fate. Although the island of Ceylon suffered aerial bombings from the Japanese Imperial Army, his words were that “We in Ceylon were fortunate that we were not invaded”, and that “we believe in the words of the Great Teacher” and “hatred ceases not by hatred but by love”, quoting the teachings of Buddha, in an attempt to allow a free Japan, and expressed that he had no wish for compensation from Japan. It can be said that, Japan is what she is today, because she was saved by the words of Buddha. (The Japanese people should be grateful for that.)
Among a great number of Buddhist texts, the original words by Buddha himself were only recorded in a few, and were written in the Pali language, which was spoken by Buddha. Hence, this composition being written based on the Pali language. However, though, it is not a piece of religious music.
In general, for all religions, all man may all but desire the same thing. Unfortunately though, wars cease to end in this world. Several countries and regions all over the world are in threatening situations.
“May all living beings be happy.” And may future generations live in a better world.
The music starts with a prayer, “May all living beings be happy” presented by the baritone. Shortly after, the soprano comes in, depicting fury. The baritone would respond with the words “hatred will not cease with hatred”, paving the way to a gentle melody, singing, “hatred will cease only by not hating”. The soprano would yield with the words “this is the eternal truth”.
The soprano ushers in a calm section with the words, “all living beings, feeble and strong”, while the baritone joins in with the words, “all beings that can, and cannot be seen”, eventually leading to a duet part with the words “may all be happy”. The composition fades quietly into the ending with both singing the words, “Good, good, good…”
The “e” and “o” of the Pali language are pronounced with an elongated emphasis. In the score, they are written as “$0113” and “$014D” respectively.
Premiere Nov 8, 2015
Sinfonisches Blasorchester Ulm, conducted by ITO Yasuhide
Marine Fantasy 2015

Composed: Sep 25, 2015
Duration: 13:00

Premiere Oct 10, 2015
CD: Marine Fantasy (Brain/BOCD-7611)

Composed: Jan, 2006
Instrument: Vocal. Band
Duration: 10:00

Note How to make the "AMKO-MA-PAN"(A sandowich with ANKO (bean jam) and MAyonnaise)(suite) Text by HAYASHI Nozomu
Premiere Feb 18, 2006
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

Publisher: ItoMusic / Brain
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Premiere Sep 27, 2005
Asian Super Gala Concert 2005 in Osaka
Agnus Dei

Composed: 2005
Instrument: Fl.(Picc.). B♭Cl. A-Sax. Hrn. Cornet. Euph. Trp. Tub. Mallets. Vocal
Duration: 3:00

Premiere 2005

Composed: Feb 5, 2004
Instrument: F-chor. Picc. 2Fl. English Horn Ob. Bn. 3BbCl. AitoCl. BassCl. 2ASax. TSax. BarSax. 4Hrn. 2Trp.(Cornets). 3Trb. Euph. Tub. St.Bass. Timp. 5Perc.
Duration: 12:00

Premiere Apr 18, 2004
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

Composed: Mar 9, 2002
Instrument: Band. Vocal

Premiere Mar 17, 2002
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 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: 17:00

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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 p$00E9ludes’.

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)
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
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CD: ITO YASUHIDE 2007 (ItoMusic/IMCD0707)
"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
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.

Beethoven for us (by L. Beethoven)

Duration: 3:30

CD: ITO YASUHIDE 2007 (ItoMusic/IMCD0707)