君が代 Kimigayo- (National anthem for Japan)- Trumpet Quartet

Instrumentation- Trumpet Quartet
Composer- Oku,Hayshi,Eckert/arr.Chidester
Length- 3:02
Difficulty- VE
Range – Low F# to F# top line
Endurance- 2
Finger technique- 1
Counting ability- 2
Ensemble difficulty- 2

I recently decided to start including National Anthems from around the world on my site. My most recent was a wonderful composition from Mexico and I am very pleased at how it turned out. Due to the fact that I have had a fascination with Japan for several reasons, including my practice of Karate, I thought it would be fun to write an arrangement based on the National Anthem from Japan. Upon first listening to this “shortest anthem in the world” I was very disappointed. My first opinion was that it was too short, the beginning was weak and the ending was even weaker.

After an hour or so I finally found a way to arrange it which showcased the best features of the anthem. All parts are easy to play and the final section was written to simulate a constant echo. The anthem sounds better as a strict cannon or round than it does as it is written and currently performed.

Listen to sample- Kimigayo
Download first page of score- Kimigayo first page of score only

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