Yuki, Haruhi, Mikuru, and shadowy Unit-01 are back for a second helping of OP/ED rearranging shenanigans, and this time it’s the sequel to last week’s “Bouken Desho Desho?”: “Hare Hare Yukai.” Willed into existance by Haruhi herself, this sax quartet arrangement had a bit of a rocky inception.
I wasn’t kidding when I said this score had troubled beginnings; I was having some serious issues actually writing the thing. After the constant strings of inspiration and creative fervor that permeated my “Bouken Desho Desho?” arrangement, I was simply at a loss at how to transform this one into a quartet setting. Therein lies the root of my issues. I wasn’t having fun, and I was trying too hard. I felt like I was going through the motions and not really participating in the creative process, and that’s really my fault.
Well, not entirely my fault. This song is simply a different beast than “Bouken.” It just isn’t cut out to be treated the same way. I just went about it the wrong way, I think. Actually, I guess this is my fault, too.
That isn’t to say I’ve deemed this a total failure. I’m quite proud of some of the detail I’ve managed to incorporate into it, especially the stereophonics. If the original had certain melodic or echo elements come from either channel, I tried to write that into the alto part that would be mixed into that channel. There are also some difficult technical aspects of this piece that may not be immediately obvious. The bari part is wicked difficult with sections rapidly switching between low and high, especially at speeds like this. Lining up sixteenth-note syncopations at 172bpm was a bit of a pain also. Please note the altissimo in the left channel about halfway through. Difficult!
But enough bellyaching, please take a listen. I would adore any feedback or tips to help me in the future (I’ve already begun a “Cruel Angel’s Thesis” arrangement, and I have “Tabi no Tochuu” in the pipes)!
Hare Hare Yukai for Saxophone Quartet