Pirate\'s Highway (Score)

Pirate's Highway (Score)

  • Composer: Tamura, Shuhei
  • Grade: 5.5
  • Duration: 8:00
  • Genre: Concert Band
  • Publisher: Brain Music
  • Item No: ZOMS-A104A
  • Inventory status: In stock

Flute 1
Flute 2 (doubling Piccolo)
Flute 3 (optional)
Oboe (optional)
Bassoon (optional)
Eb Clarinet (optional)
Bb Clarinet 1
Bb Clarinet 2
Bb Clarinet 3
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone 1
Eb Alto Saxophone 2
Bb Tenor Saxophone (doubling Ocean Drum)
Eb Baritone Saxophone

Bb Trumpet 1
Bb Trumpet 2
Bb Trumpet 3
F Horn 1/2
F Horn 3 (doubling Ocean Drum)
F Horn 4 (optional)
Trombone 1
Trombone 2
Trombone 3
String Bass (optional)

[Percussion 1] Suspended Cymbal, Vibraphone, Triangle, 3 Tom-toms, Wind Chimes, Slapstick, 4 Wood Blocks
[Percussion 2] Wind Chime, Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Suspended Cymbal, Crash Cymbals, Tam-tam (Gong), Cowbell, Bongo, Slapstick
[Percussion 3] Tam-tam (Gong), Glockenspiel, Triangle

Commissioned by Brain Music/Bravo Music in 2018.

The composer has done many works on the theme of "the sea", but this time the commission asked "How about the Murakami Kaizoku (Pirates)"? and thus this work was begun.

From around the mid-fourteenth to the fifteenth centuries, the Murakami Kaizoku protected ships including those of the Muromachi feudal government (the Shogunate of 1336 to 1573) passing through the Seto Inland Sea. Over time, the Murakami Clan took control of the major sea routes and ports using their knowledge and expertise in navigating the rapid currents and narrow straits, and adopted the Geiyo Islands as their base.

The Murakami Clan typically piloted ships through the Seto Inland Sea by issuing them a flag as a "passport" or by boarding the vessels in return for a fee. In this way the Murakami Clan also protected the sea traffic from pirates and from the perils of the strong currents.

Although the word kaizoku means