Hi Kristof, welcome to PW! I love Hisaishi, so I'm happy to help you if I can.
About what I want: what I like best is music from the Ghibli films, like
- Kaze no Tani no Naushika
- Mononoke Hime
- Tonari no Totoro
- Tenkuu no Shiro Rapyuta
- Hauru no Ugoku Shiro
.. and the rest.
Now that I understand that the original composer also gets royalties from sales of sheet music arranged by others, I have no problem with buying such material, if the quality is good.
Naturally, the best would be to play the pieces exactly like they are recorded on the CD, but I am not sure whether I am up to it yet. (I learned for 10 years, but then I had a 12 year long pause, and now I am coming back... I have no idea how long it will take.) So, some simplified arrangements would be nice, too.
Do you already have the scorebook Encore? If not, that is a great place to start.
For starters, I have already ordered two items: Encore and something called Piano Lesson Book - Joe Hisaishi (by Hisaishi Jiyou)
. (I ordered these in a hurry, even before doing further research, so that they arrive ASAP. Still, the ETA is already Dec. 24. So far off...)
Anyway, do you have and idea about the content of this second one, by any chance? Also, I wonder if "Hisaishi Jiyou" is just a variant of the same name, or is it a different person?
I don't know as much about Kanno's scores, although I love her playing. One of those books you have listed is by Yuuko Kanno's, and is not sheet music at all, so yes, you have to be careful! The other one is listed as being Easy Piano.
OK, so then I might try the second one
I don't have time to check out all those books right now, and also that web site doesn't let you look inside, so it's probably easier to start with a website like Amazon Japan.
Even if I switch the language (of Amazon Japan) to English, when I execute a search, it reverts to Japanese, so I can not use it right now.
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If you give me some more info, including level of difficulty and specific pieces you'd like, I can take a look.
So, I would like to start with scores for "The Wind Forest" from Totoro
. I think an all-piano arrangement can be heard on the Piano Stories I CD. I am interested in this full version, in a simplified version, and in a duet version, too. (I would love to play this together with my wife.)
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On the other hand, if you have any Hisaishi-related recommendations for my 4.5 year old daughter, than I am also interested
Thank you for your help, again: