Rainbow Ocean for wind ensemble

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Song Title Rainbow Ocean for wind ensemble
吹奏楽のための「虹色の海」 <小編成対応>
Composer Eiji Suzuki 鈴木英史
Length Approx 6:00 mins
Grade 3+
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The Tomobata Matsuri is an annual festival held in the small fishing town of Ogi, deep in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture. On this day, schools and companies close and everyone gathers to pray and give thanks to the gods of the seas. The festival starts before dawn. Residents go around every boat to the rhythms of the drums. When day breaks, boats decorated with streamers sail around the harbour.

'Rainbow Ocean' was commissioned to commemorate this festival, as well as the launching of new boats. It was first performed on 3 May 2000 at Ogimachi's habour by Ogi Junior High School Brass Band. The score is synchronised with each phase of the celebrations, from depicting birds chirping in the early morning, to the movement of boats in the seas.

Every part consist of a 1 or 2 person formation, but the overall sound reverberates to give the feel of a big formation. The first half of the piece has a slow tempo, so be mindful to play it with a clear tone, not too heavy. Overall, it should give the feel of anticipation, like that of the festival mentioned above. The score is about Grade 3 standard. (Eiji Suzuki)