This piece was commissioned by Nagasaki Prefectural Koka High School. After its premiere at the school's 30th regular brass band recital on May 4th, 2014, it was performed as the school's choice piece at the All Japan Band Competition.The entire piece is composed of three parts. The first part opens with the explosive energy found in the depths of the earth, while the second part conveys the subtle and fleeting emotions associated with nostalgic memories that are reminiscent of the color "blue" in the title. The third part conveys the hope and excitement of striding into the future, and it closes with a final powerful crescendo.This piece was composed in coordination with the conductor Hatsuaki Kakigawa and it took on its final form on the basis of invaluable advice on its compositional and performance aspects offered by Mr. Kakigawa, who has tremendous experience in both wind music and composition. I would also like to express my gratitude to all members of the Nagasaki Prefectural Koka High School Brass Band who had played a major role in the completion of this piece for their wonderful performance.
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