The Bonsai Tree
"Sandai-Shogun-No Matsu"

Grade 2 - Length 3 minutes
Published by Musica Propria

Composed for the Scott County High School Symphonic Winds
Georgetown, Kentucky
Tom Brawner, Conductor



Recording by the Scott County High School Symphonic Winds
Georgetown, Kentucky
Tom Brawner, Conductor
At the Midwest Clinic Dec. 2010

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"Sandai-Shogun-No Matsu", a five-needle pine bonsai (Pinus pentaphylla var. negishi) is considered
one of Japans National Treasures.  The tree is at least 500 years old and is considered to be one of the
oldest known living bonsai trees. It is documented as having been cared for by Tokugawa Iemitsu 
( August 12, 1604 June 8, 1651) who was the third shogun of the Tokugawa dynasty. 
Sandai-Shogun-No Matsu is housed in the Tokyo Imperial Palace.

"Although the center of this famous tree's trunk is now totally hollow, it has been carefully nurtured
for generations, and gazing at its gnarled form today, a sense of awe is felt at the forceful destiny
that has allowed such a small piece of life to survive for so many centuries."


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