Arrangements for Wind Instruments by Ryohei Nakagawa

 Once there was a little boy who loved his little harmonica so much, that soon he was able to play almost any tune by ear. But unlike the piano at his school that little harmonica did not have any black notes. So, he kept dreaming of learning to play an instrument with which he could blow any melodys, even those with half steps, some day. That some day came, after via the Bariton-horn and the Saxophone in his school band, he had become a professional bassoonist in a symphony orchestra. But all those melodys were written for other instruments or voice. What we could do with the boy's day-dream to sing all those beautiful melodys with his own instrument ? These arrangements came out of the concert which this little boy once dreamt about.

Nakagawa's music


(Bassoonist, Arranger, Conductor)
Ryohei Nakagawa was born in Kyoto,Japan in 1935.He received his bachelor's degree from Tokyo University of Arts and Master's from Yale University. Formerly principal bassoonist of L.Stokowsky's American Symphony, the NewYork City Opera Orchestra, the Philadelphia Chamber Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony. His arrangements for various wind groups are published by Carl Fisher, T.Presser, Ongaku-no-Tomosha and Sugihara Shoten. His wide activities in chamber music include the Marlboro Music Festival and numerous groups in New York City, San Francisco and Tokyo. He was a Faculty-Artist of the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, U.S.A. from 1978 for 20 consecutive summers and was professor of Music at the Aichi University of Arts in Nagoya from 1989 to 2001. He is currently Music Director of the Tokyo BACH-BAND. In 1999, Piano & BACH-BAND Quartet series for new chamber music group (Tp, A-Sax, Euph, Tuba & Piano=PBBQ) and "Songs from Japan "Molto Cantabile ma senza voce"for Piano and Woodwind Quintet(PWQ)were published from Sugihara Shoten Co.,Inc.(the publisher of Pipers Magazine) in Tokyo.Nakagawa continues to write new arrangements for wind instruments,always involved in the quest to create more chamber music opportunities for wind instruments.

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