"Mitamanofuyu" was rearranged as a digest version of a piece I had written for the Choshi City citizen musical "Tenmei no Daikan: The Story of Shokawa Mokuzaemon, the Man who Saved Choshi," which had been performed in August 2014 as a commemorative project for the 80th anniversary of the founding of Choshi City, my hometown.
The story that inspired this piece was set during the Great Tenmei famine that occurred in the Edo period (16031868) when the eruption of Mount Asama destroyed the surrounding crops. During the famine, the deputy governor of the Iinuma encampment of the Takasaki domain, Shokawa Mokuzaemon, exercised his independent judgment to draw on the domain's rice reserves to relieve the suffering of the people. Shokawa Mokuzaemon is said to have committed seppuku in response to being held accountable for his actions, but there has been no reliable record of the facts, which have been buried in the depths of history. However, at the very least, this story has been passed down to the current residents of Choshi City, where a monument has been set up in his honor. This piece has been entitled "Mitamanofuyu," a phrase from the story that means "God bless you."
This arrangement is based on the current version (FML0135) published in 2015, and its orchestration and structure have been revised to satisfy the orchestration and duration requirements of the Small Band category of the AllJapan Band Competition.
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