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Song of Hope

INSTRUMENT GROUP: Concert Band
COMPOSER: Jan Van der Roost
PUBLISHER: De Haske Publications
PRODUCT TYPE: Set
2011 was a disastrous year for Japan: on March 11 the northeast of the country suffered a violent earthquake, which triggered a huge tsunami and caused massive damage to people and the environment. The ensuing problems with the nuclear reactor atFukushima only increased the misery: a black day in
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Specifications
Instrument Group Concert Band
Composer Jan Van der Roost
Publisher De Haske Publications
Instrumentation Concert Band/Harmonie
Grade of Difficulty 3
Product Type Set
Year of Publication 2012
1st Recorded on CD DHR 04-038-3
European Parts Included Yes
Genre Hymns & Chorals
Moeilijkheidsgraad orkest Grade 3
ISMN 9790035221624
Series Concert and Contest Collection CBHA
No. DHP 1115227-010
Description
2011 was a disastrous year for Japan: on March 11 the northeast of the country suffered a violent earthquake, which triggered a huge tsunami and caused massive damage to people and the environment. The ensuing problems with the nuclear reactor atFukushima only increased the misery: a black day in the country's history...
One almost inevitable consequence of such dramatic circumstances is the particular damage suffered by the cultural arts. And so it was in Japan: various high school wind orchestras in the effected areas lost their practice rooms and/or instruments.It will take a long time before the damage suffered is repaired - and it will take great effort to overcome the psychological effects, too. Focusing on the latter, Yutada Nishida (director of The Bandwagon radio program) asked a few composers fora simple work that could be played by many orchestras. It just so happened that the Osakan Philharmonic Winds (with whom Jan Van der Roost had conducted a concert exclusively of his own works on September 25th) had had a similar idea. This concert saw the baptism of Song of Hope. This pieceimmediately struck a chord with musicians and audience alike: it begins bleakly in the low register and evolves to a more open, optimistic close. There really is hope for better times!
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