||Perseus - A Hero”Ēs Quest in the Heavens
Commissioned by KYOTO Pref. MOMOYAMA Senior High School Wind Band
This work was composed in December 2005 for the Kyoto Prefectural Momoyama Senior High School Wind Band, which is one of the bands that Satoshi Yagisawa has engaged a good relationship with since his debut. The band director, Toshio Yasuhara, and his students love chorales very much. They traditionally put original lyrics to the music they perform every summer and sing along, thus creating a warm atmosphere.
The composer was asked to write a work that would make the most of this singing tradition, and to use a dreamy theme related to space or stars. He chose Perseus as a theme. This famous Greek hero saved Princess Andromeda, who was to be sacrificed to the sea monster Kraken. Satoshi Yagisawa was inspired by the movie Clash of the Titans, directed by Desmond Davis and produced in the UK in 1981. He hopes that many bands will enjoy the dramatic music.
No separate choir is needed. It is advisable that the female members of the band sing the choir part. However, it is also conceivable that the men could join in. If the musicians should have difficulties in part-singing, it is recommended that they sing the melody part only, as has been done on this recording.