This piece was inspired by a book about witch hunts that I had read at the time. It is a piece with a strong narrative structure that comprises five sections, including a prelude that hints at fate, followed by sections on peaceful everyday life, sudden conflicts, the route from despair to redemption, and finally, rebirth.
I had obtained the help I needed by being part of a band that took music very seriously when I was unable to see any way forward. When reading this story, I was reminded of what I had felt during those testing times and I decided to compose this piece with my sincere hope that I can create a work for bands like that. For this reason, this work has been imbued with my intense emotions throughout.
This piece was composed in the summer of 2006. It was premiered in the summer of 2008 at the Nittan preliminary round of the Hokkaido Regional Competition by Hokkaido TomakomaiMinami Highschool Wind Band under the direction of conductor Keiichi Hirai.
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