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THE NATURE OF TREES

CAIT NISHIMURA

2022

Duration: 4:00

Difculty: Grade 3

Instrumentation:

Flute 1, 2

Oboe

Bassoon

Clarinet 1, 2, 3

Bass Clarinet

Alto Saxophone 1, 2

Tenor Saxophone

Baritone Saxophone

Trumpet 1, 2

French Horn 1, 2

Trombone 1, 2

Euphonium

Tuba

Timpani

Glockenspiel

Percussion 1 (Chimes, Snare Drum)

Percussion 2 (Hi-hat, Suspended Cymbal)

The Nature of Trees is dedicated to everyone in the music education community. To me, the nature of trees is love,

resilience, patience, strength, adaptability, interconnectedness, and so much more. The nature of trees is to co-create an

environment in which everyone can thrive, and I think this is a perfect metaphor for what we do in music education.

This piece was commissioned by the National Band Association at Indiana University to be premiered by the IU Concert

Band, conducted by Dr. Jason Nam. The students asked me to create a piece that would explore the emotional experience

of returning to band after an extended hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I wanted to give them something hopeful,

but I also wanted to be honest. This chapter of our lives has been tumultuous, heartbreaking, and transformative; we are

not returning to the world we knew before. Writing this piece meant facing these feelings and allowing them to exist

alongside gratitude and optimism. And so, this piece includes a wide spectrum of emotions, including moments of joy,

yearning, hesitation, nostalgia, and of course, hope.

The members of the NBA-IU collaborated with the IU Center for Rural Engagement, and invited four local high school

bands and their directors to participate in this project:

Paoli High School (Bill Laughlin and Christian Karkosky)

Salem High School (Bonnie Harmon)

Brown County High School (Matt Finley)

Southridge High School (Lannie Butler)

I am grateful to these communities for their support of this project and thrilled to have been able to contribute to a

meaningful musical experience for their students.

~~~

As a small gesture of appreciation to the trees that sustain all life and provide inspiration for music such as this, one

dollar from every sale of this piece is donated to Tree Canada. To learn about this organization and their meaningful

work, visit treecanada.ca.


SCORE

Flute 1





joyful, with ease ( = 120)

commissioned by the National Band Association at Indiana University

for the Indiana University Concert Band, conducted by Dr. Jason Nam

THE NATURE OF TREES

CAIT NISHIMURA


Flute 2

Oboe







Bassoon

Clarinet in B♭ 1

Clarinet in B♭ 2

Clarinet in B♭ 3

Bass Clarinet

Alto Saxophone 1

Alto Saxophone 2






























































F. Hn 1

F. Hn 2
























































Tenor Saxophone




Baritone Saxophone




Trumpet in B♭ 1





Trumpet in B♭ 2




French Horn 1

French Horn 2

Trombone 1




















Trombone 2





Euphonium




Tuba




Timpani






Glockenspiel




Chimes

Snare Drum




Hi-hat

Suspended Cymbal




© CAIT NISHIMURA MUSIC 2022


2 THE NATURE OF TREES

Fl. 1

A

9




Fl. 2



Ob.




Bsn















Cl. 1





















Cl. 2



















Cl. 3









B. Cl.



















A. Sax. 1



















A. Sax. 2








T. Sax.

Bar. Sax.



































Tpt 1

Tpt 2

F. Hn 1

F. Hn 2

Tbn. 1

Tbn. 2

Euph.

Tba











































































Timp.





Glock.






Chim.

Hi-hat


THE NATURE OF TREES

3

Fl. 1

Fl. 2

Ob.

Bsn

17






















Bar. Sax.






Cl. 1

Cl. 2

Cl. 3

B. Cl.

A. Sax. 1

A. Sax. 2

T. Sax.

Bar. Sax.
















Bar. Sax.



































Tpt 1

Tpt 2

F. Hn 1

F. Hn 2

Tbn. 1

Tbn. 2

Euph.

Tba

Timp.

Glock.

Chim.

Hi-hat






























































Bar. Sax.


4 THE NATURE OF TREES

Fl. 1

B

24




expansive














Fl. 2

Ob.

Bsn

Cl. 1

Cl. 2




























































Cl. 3








B. Cl.


















A. Sax. 1

A. Sax. 2

T. Sax.

Bar. Sax.

Tpt 1

Tpt 2

F. Hn 1

F. Hn 2

Tbn. 1

Tbn. 2

Euph.

Tba

Timp.

Glock.

Chim.

Hi-hat


THE NATURE OF TREES

5

Fl. 1

32



































rit.







Fl. 2


































Ob.


































Bsn









Cl. 1

Cl. 2

Cl. 3
















































B. Cl.









A. Sax. 1









A. Sax. 2









T. Sax.









Bar. Sax.








Tpt 1

Tpt 2

F. Hn 1


































F. Hn 2

Tbn. 1
















Tbn. 2





Euph.






Tba









Timp.







Glock.





















Chim.





Hi-hat


To Sus. Cym.


6 THE NATURE OF TREES

Fl. 1

Fl. 2

Ob.

Bsn

Cl. 1

Cl. 2

Cl. 3

B. Cl.

A. Sax. 1

A. Sax. 2

T. Sax.

Bar. Sax.

Tpt 1

Tpt 2

F. Hn 1

F. Hn 2

Tbn. 1

39




















C yearning ( = 60)














































































































































Tbn. 2

Euph.
















Tba

Timp.

Glock.

Chim.

Sus. Cym.




































Sus. Cym.


THE NATURE OF TREES

7

Fl. 1

Fl. 2


hesitant but hopeful ( = 52–60)

49





D



rit.

a tempo (a little more condent)

Ob.

Bsn

Cl. 1

Cl. 2

Cl. 3

B. Cl.

A. Sax. 1

A. Sax. 2

T. Sax.

Bar. Sax.















































F. Hn 1









































F. Hn 2








Tpt 1

Tpt 2











F. Hn 1

F. Hn 2

Tbn. 1

Tbn. 2

Euph.

Tba

Timp.

Glock.

Chim.

Sus. Cym.


8 THE NATURE OF TREES

Fl. 1

59




accel.

warm, growing

( = 66)




Fl. 2

Ob.

Bsn

Cl. 1

Cl. 2

Cl. 3

B. Cl.

A. Sax. 1

A. Sax. 2

T. Sax.

Bar. Sax.






























































Tpt 1













Tpt 2









F. Hn 1

F. Hn 2

Tbn. 1

Tbn. 2

Euph.






















Tba

Timp.

Glock.

Chim.

Sus. Cym.


THE NATURE OF TREES

9

Fl. 1

Fl. 2

Ob.

Bsn

Cl. 1

Cl. 2

Cl. 3

B. Cl.

A. Sax. 1

A. Sax. 2

T. Sax.

Bar. Sax.

Tpt 1

Tpt 2

F. Hn 1

F. Hn 2

Tbn. 1

Tbn. 2

Euph.

Tba

Timp.

Glock.

Sn. Dr.

Sus. Cym.

66
































E majestic


and nostalgic ( = 70)





































































































































To Sn. Dr.


10 THE NATURE OF TREES

Fl. 1

74



rit. = 60













Fl. 2










Ob.

Bsn

Cl. 1

Cl. 2

Cl. 3

B. Cl.

A. Sax. 1

A. Sax. 2

T. Sax.

Bar. Sax.

Tpt 1

Tpt 2

F. Hn 1

F. Hn 2

Tbn. 1

Tbn. 2

Euph.

Tba

Timp.

Glock.

Sn. Dr.

Sus. Cym.

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