This piece was commissioned by the Shubun Girls’ High School Wind Ensemble (conductor/instructor: Mr. Shigeo Murayama) and composed in 2020.
The school had previously performed “Shine Towards the Boundless Sky” in a competition in 2019, which inspired the composition of this piece as its sequel. Although both pieces are similar in style, this piece is slightly more difficult to master and can be rather challenging. The phrase “lift off” is a reference to the launch of a rocket, and the piece was given this title with the hope that it can serve as a powerful source of motivation for the students to soldier on.Please perform this piece with a brisk tempo and strive for a bright, lively, and majestic sound.
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