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Concert Band

Moonlight Dragon - A Postcard from Hong Kong

ItoMusic / Brain
Premiered on 14 September 2012

Some years after graduating college, the composer received a postcard from a high school classmate who visited the port of Hong Kong during his world travels. He wrote that the city of Hong Kong is chaotic yet full of life and spirit. This reminded him of a quote, "Ma vie etait un festin" (My life had been a feast - "A Season in Hell" by French writer Arthur Rimbaud). Thereafter, the composer's impression of Hong Kong is "a city of festivals".

This composition depicts his first impression and the city's vitality. This work was commissioned by the Hong Kong Band Director's Association. It was premiered on September 14th, 2012 by the Hong Kong Band Directors Wind Orchestra under the baton of Ito himself at the "HKBDWO with Ito & HK Composers Concert".


Flutes in C 1, 2
Oboe (div.)
Basson (div.)
Clarinet in Eb
Clarinet in Bb 1, 2, 3
Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone 1, 2
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone


Trumpet in Bb 1, 2, 3
Horns in F 1, 2, 3, 4
Trombone 1, 2, 3
Euphonium (div.)
Tuba (div.)
String Bass


Pecussion - 2 Toms Vibra Slap / Ratchet / Snare Drum / Flexatone / Cymb.* / Bass Drum / Tam-tam / Xylophone / Glockenspiel / Vibraphone

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