Toy Box Fantasy - Percussion Quintet

Toy Box Fantasy - Percussion Quintet

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Printed set (Score & Parts)
[Percussion 1] Suspended Cymbal, Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Finger Cymbal (or Triangle), Triangle, Claves, Whistle
[Percussion 2] Vibraphone, Agogo, Triangle, 2 Congas, 2 Tom-toms, Call Bell, Train Whistle
[Percussion 3] Marimba, Tambourine, Cowbell
[Percussion 4] Chimes, Guiro, Timpani(4), Tambourine, Marimba (or Soprano Recorder), Maracas
[Percussion 5] Soprano Recorder, Triangle, Ratchet, Tam-tam, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Cymbals, Sleigh Bells, Suspended Cymbal, Chimes, Wood Block

There are a number of Japanese children's songs such as "Omocha no cha cha cha" (Toy Dance Cha Cha Cha) where toys start dancing under a spell. This composition depicts such a scene. The work is consists of five sections.

"Overture" (Midnight) evokes a scene at midnight when the toys come alive at the chime of the clock. "Robo's March" depicts a motorized robot toy walking awkwardly. "Dance of the Dolls" shares the loneliness of a doll that is no longer being used. "Building Block Puzzle" shows the difficulty of puzzles in asymmetrical meter. "Toy Train" is the last scene. It depicts a fast running train with a whistle. After passing railroad crossings and tunnels, the music comes to an exciting conclusion.

(Hiroki Takahashi)