アドリブ(読みもの)

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佐藤まどか 著/しまざきジョゼ 装画 text: Sato, Madoka | illus. Shimazaki, Joze

カテゴリー: Japanese Children's Booksおすすめ!日本の子どもの本読みもの/chapter books and novels

『アドリブ』(Adoribu)

イタリアに生まれ育ち、日本国籍を持つユージは、10歳の時にフィレンツェの大聖堂で国立音楽院の出張コンサートを聞き、「ぼく、フルートをやりたい」と言う。ユージは未経験のまま、国立音楽院の試験を受け、27人中の3人に選ばれてサンティーニ先生の指導を受けることになる。彼は日本レストランの接客係をしている母とふたり暮らし。経済的に厳しいなかでのフルートの購入、レッスン、進級試験をこなして、予科から本科の1年生になる。そこからは、学業との両立の難しさ、厳しくなるレッスン、裕福でママの発言力が大きいリナや、高い演奏技術を持つサンドロなど音楽院の生徒たちの様子、心の通う伴奏者との出会い、奨学金の選考会などが描かれる。

ユージは、5年生の進級試験を境に、先生から「だれのために音楽をやりたいんだ?」と問われ、7千ユーロの銀製のフルートに買い替えることを勧められる。彼は、なぜフルートを吹くのか、将来プロになりたいのか、その可能性はあるのかについて悩み始める。

ユージが次々と試練に出会い、悩みながらも前進していく様子がドラマチックで、好きなことに打ち込む楽しさと苦しさ、音楽の魅力、人との出会いの大切さが読み取れる。(土居)

出版社 あすなろ書房
初版年 2019年
ISBN 9784751529423
ページ数 240頁
サイズ 20×14
対象年齢 13歳から
キーワード イタリア フルート 音楽

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Yuji, a Japanese boy, was born and raised in Italy. At the age of ten, he attends a concert performed by students from a national conservatory in a cathedral in Florence. This inspires in him the desire to play the flute. Despite his lack of experience, he applies for the conservatory’s entrance exam and is one of three people selected from twenty-seven applicants. He begins studying under Professor Santini. Yuji lives with his mother who works as a waitress at a Japanese restaurant. His mother buys him a flute even though she is struggling financially. Yuji progresses from his first lesson through each test, passing from the preparatory level to become a first-year student in the regular program. From there, the story depicts Yuji’s struggle to balance his academic studies with his music, along with such aspects of his daily life as his lessons, his friendships, his encounter with a flutist, and his application for a scholarship. When Yuji is preparing for his fifth-year exam, his teacher asks him, “Who do you want to play music for?” Yuji begins to wonder why he wants to play the flute, whether he wishes to become a professional flutist, and whether he even has the ability to do so. During summer music camp, he experiences the joy of interpreting music, which helps him to surmount this obstacle. He abandons the idea of buying a silver flute, but through the help of his mother and those around him, he is able to obtain one after all and auditions for the Italian Young Orchestra.

The book begins just before Yuji is to take his exam to enter the fifth year of the music course, then returns to Yuji at the age of ten and fills in the years between. The many challenges that Yuji faces, and the way in which he surmounts each one, make this a dramatic story. Through it, the reader can grasp both the joy and the agony of pursuing one’s dreams, the magical lure of music, and the impact of the people we meet on our lives. (Doi)

  • text: Sato, Madoka | illus. Shimazaki, Joze
  • Asunaro Shobo
  • 2019
  • 240 pages
  • 20×14
  • ISBN 9784751529423
  • Age 13 +

Italy, Flute, Music


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