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13 July 2017, 16:50

Seika Girls High School - Music of the Spheres

Philip Sparke's Music of the Spheres, played by a high school orchestra.


By Maddy Shaw Roberts

The dynamic contrast, power and showmanship of these girls make it hard to believe they’re only in high school.

These high school girls took on the tough feat of performing Philip Sparke's ‘Music of the Spheres’ for brass band at the All-Japan Band Competition, and totally owned the stage.

The Seika Girls High School band show an inimitable display of depth, power and dynamic contrast in their performance – so it's no surprise that the girls have won the music competition six times.

‘Music of the Spheres’ is the fourth movement in Philip Sparke's work for brass band, which he released in 2004. The full eighteen-and-a-half minute work explores the theoretical relationship between the cosmos and musical scale of note ratios – which, admittedly, does sound quite difficult to do in music. If anyone can pull it off, though, it's the six-time winners of the All Japan Band competition.

Find more impressive performances from the Seika Girls High School band on YouTube.

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