Joe Hisaishi's Spirited Away Suite Now Available from Schott/EAM
Mar. 01, 2020
We are delighted to report that the rental materials for Joe Hisaishi's Spirited Away Suite are now available from Schott/EAM. Hisaishi created his Spirited Away Suite for a 2018 performance tour in Japan with the World Dream Orchestra, led by the composer. Following the film's Academy Award-win for Best Animated Feature in 2003, Hisaishi received numerous performance requests from orchestras around the world for the music from the film. The composer notes:
"When creating the symphonic suite, I reconstructed the music according to the plot of the story. In the film, a young girl Chihiro gets lost in a totally different world than the one she lives in. Her name is changed to Sen, her parents get turned into pigs, and she faces many other difficulties. The music, naturally, is intensified. It seems that [Spirited Away director] Mr. Miyazaki’s view of life and death is apparent in his choice of “the Sixth Station” in the story, representing a place between the physical world and the netherworld. He emphasizes the importance of being alive.
Although this symphonic suite has already been played a few times overseas, with this newly published score, I would be very grateful if orchestras around the world would take the opportunity to perform this work and that the music will be heard by as many people as possible."
Listen to Joe Hisaishi's Tonari no Totaro:
(Tonari no Totaro from "Joe Hisaishi in Budokan - Studio Ghibli 25 Years Concert")
To learn more about Joe Hisaishi, visit: zen-on.co.jp