From The Forest of Saariselka - Full Score

Grade : 4
Duration : 7:33

From the Forest of Saariselka - Tone Poem for Wind Ensemble (2005) Commissioned by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force Chubu Band, Saariselka is a village in a mountainous area of northern Finland famous for its northern lights (aurora). This tone poem captures the romantic beauty of a nearby forest.

The beginning depicts an intense cold world. A beautiful horn melody, woodwind solos and sparkling glockenspiel arpeggios render a vivid impression. A quick tutti climax introduces fast action underscoring the image of the frigid weather as well as the effects of a severe blizzard and violent wind. As the musical drive intensifies, a resounding brass fanfare shifts the pace to the middle section.

A lush, romantic interlude reveals the grandeur of the northern lights floating in the tranquil sky. The alluring melody suggests the haunting beauty of Sibelius’ Finlandia. Then enters a rollicking 6/8 recapitulation that ultimately combines all of the central themes into a grand tutti conclusion.
(Hiroki Takahashi)


Fl. 1 (Picc.)
Fl. 2
Cl. 1, 2 & 3
B. Cl.
A. Sax. 1 & 2
T. Sax.
B. Sax.
Trp. 1, 2 & 3
Hrn. 1, 2 & 3
Trb. 1, 2 & 3
St. Bass
Timp. & Cym.

Perc. 1
Sus. Cym.
S. Dr.

Perc. 2
B. Dr.
Low Tom
Perc. 3

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