The Music of Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli

 

Studio Ghibli (スタジオジブリ) is a Japanese animation studio which has produced many famous anime films including Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and much more.

 

The Ghibli Museum
The Ghibli Museum

 

The History of Studio Ghibli


 

Hayao Miyazaki
Hayao Miyazaki

 

“Let’s blow a sensational wind into the Japanese world of animation!” That was the intention behind the name of Studio Ghibli. Ever wonder where does the name ‘Ghibli’ came from? The name ‘Ghibli’ is actually based on the Arabic name for the sirocco, or Mediterranean wind which means “hot wind blowing through the Sahara Desert”. During World War II, Italian pilots used it to refer to their scouting airplanes.

 

Joe Hisaishi
Joe Hisaishi

Based in Koganei, Tokyo, Studio Ghibli was founded in June 1985 with funding by Tokuma Shoten after the success of the anime film “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind” in 1984. Studio Ghibli is led by the directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata with the producer Toshio Suzuki. Most of the works from Studio Ghibli are directed by Hayao Miyazaki and most of the film’s music are composed by Joe Hisaishi. For more information about the history of Studio Ghibli, read it here.

 

 

Studio Ghibli Films


 

Click on the title of your favorite Studio Ghibli film or scroll down to view each Studio Ghibli film according to the timeline.

 

Arrietty My Neighbor Totoro Spirited Away
Castle in the Sky Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Tales From Earthsea
From up on Poppy Hill Only Yesterday The Cat Returns
Grave of the Fireflies Pom Poko The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Howl’s Moving Castle Ponyo The Wind Rises
Kiki’s Delivery Service Porco Rosso When Marnie Was There
My Neighbors the Yamadas Princess Mononoke Whisper of the Heart

 

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1984 (Pre-Ghibli)

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (風の谷のナウシカ)

 

Release Date: March 11, 1984

Director        : Hayao Miyazaki

Screenwriter: Hayao Miyazaki

Producer       : Isao Takahata

Music            : Joe Hisaishi

 

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

 

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind by Joe Hisaishi

 

Soundtrack            :

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Soundtrack (Toward the Far Away Land)

Piano Sheet Music:

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind: Easy Piano Solo Sheet Music Collection

 

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1986

Castle in the Sky (天空の城ラピュタ)

 

Release Date: August 2, 1986

Director        : Hayao Miyazaki

Screenwriter: Hayao Miyazaki

Producer       : Isao Takahata

Music            : Joe Hisaishi

 

Laputa: Castle in the Sky

 

Laputa: Castle In the Sky by Joe Hisaishi and New Japan Philharmonic World Dream Orchestra

 

 

Soundtrack:

Laputa: Castle in the Sky Soundtrack

Piano Sheet Music:

Laputa: Castle in the Sky: Easy Piano Solo Sheet Music Book Studio Ghibli

 

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1988

Grave of the Fireflies (火垂るの墓)

 

Release Date: April 16, 1988

Director        : Isao Takahata

Screenwriter: Isao Takahata

Producer       : Toru Hara

Music            : Michio Mamiya

 

Grave of the Fireflies

 

Opening and Ending Theme From “Grave of the Fireflies”

 

 

Soundtrack:

Hotaru No Haka-Image Album by TOKUMA JAPAN

 

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My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ)

 

Release Date: April 16, 1988

Director        : Hayao Miyazaki

Screenwriter: Hayao Miyazaki

Producer       : Toru Hara

Music            : Joe Hisaishi

 

My Neighbor Totoro

 

My Neighbor Totoro by Joe Hisaishi

 

 

Soundtrack:

My Neighbor Totoro

Piano Sheet Music:

My Neighbor Totoro Piano Solo Music Sheet Collection/6 songs

 

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1989

Kiki’s Delivery Service (魔女の宅急便)

 

Release Date: July 29, 1989

Director        : Hayao Miyazaki

Screenwriter: Hayao Miyazaki

Producer       : Hayao Miyazaki

Music            : Joe Hisaishi

 

Kiki's Delivery Service

 

 Kiki’s Delivery Service by Joe Hisaishi

 

 

Soundtrack:

Kiki’s Delivery Service: Soundtrack

Piano Sheet Music:

Kiki’s Delivery Service to Play on the Piano (Solo Piano)

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1991

Only Yesterday (おもひでぽろぽろ)

 

Release Date: July 20, 1991

Director        : Isao Takahata

Screenwriter: Isao Takahata

Producer       : Toshio Suzuki

Music            : Katz Hoshi

 

Only Yesterday

 

 Music From “Only Yesterday”

 

 

Soundtrack:

おもひでぽろぽろ オリジナル・サウンド・トラック

 

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1992

Porco Rosso (紅の豚)

 

Release Date: July 28, 1992

Director        : Hayao Miyazaki

Screenwriter: Hayao Miyazaki

Producer       : Toshio Suzuki

Music            : Joe Hisaishi

 

Porco Rosso

 

 “The Bygone Days”

 

 

Soundtrack:

Porco Rosso

 

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1994

Pom Poko (平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ)

 

Release Date: July 16, 1994

Director        : Isao Takahata

Screenwriter: Isao Takahata

Producer       : Toshio Suzuki

Music       : Koryu, Manto Watanabe, Yoko Ino, Masaru Goto & Ryojiro Furusawa

 

Pom Poko

 

Theme Song From “Pom Poko”

 

 

Soundtrack:

The Raccoon War Pom Poko

 

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1995

Whisper of the Heart (耳をすませば)

 

Release Date: July 15, 1995

Director        : Yoshifumi Kondo

Screenwriter: Hayao Miyazaki

Producer       : Toshio Suzuki

Music            : Yuji Nomi

 

Whisper of the Heart

 

“Country Roads” ~ Ending Theme From “Whisper of the Heart”

 

 

Soundtrack:

Whisper of the Heart: Soundtrack

Piano Sheet Music:

Whisper of the Heart Original Sound Track Music Sheet

 

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1997

Princess Mononoke (もののけ姫)

 

Release Date: July 12, 1997

Director        : Hayao Miyazaki

Screenwriter: Hayao Miyazaki

Producer       : Toshio Suzuki

Music            : Joe Hisaishi

 

Princess Mononoke

 

 Princess Mononoke by Joe Hisaishi

 

 

Soundtrack:

Princess Mononoke: Music From The Miramax Motion Picture

Piano Sheet Music:

Princess Mononoke Hime Piano Solo Sheet Music

 

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1999

My Neighbors the Yamadas (ホーホケキョとなりの山田くん)

 

Release Date: July 17, 1999

Director        : Isao Takahata

Screenwriter: Isao Takahata

Producer       : Toshio Suzuki

Music            : Akiko Yano

 

My Neighbors the Yamadas

 

Theme Song of “My Neighbors the Yamadas”

 

 

Soundtrack:

My Neighbors the Yamadas

 

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2001

Spirited Away ( 千と千尋の神隠し)

 

Release Date: July 27, 2001

Director        : Hayao Miyazaki

Screenwriter: Hayao Miyazaki

Producer       : Toshio Suzuki

Music            : Joe Hisaishi

 

Spirited Away

“One Summer’s Day” by Joe Hisaishi

 

 

Soundtrack:

Spirited Away

Piano Sheet Music:

Spirited Away Collection Piano Solo Sheet Music Book

 

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2002

The Cat Returns (猫の恩返し)

 

Release Date: July 19, 2002

Director        : Hiroyuki Morita

Screenwriter: Reiko Yoshida

Producer       : Nozomu Takahashi & Toshio Suzuki

Music            : Yuji Nomi

 

The Cat Returns

 

“Kaze ni Naru” From “The Cat Returns”

 

 

Soundtrack:

Neko No Ongaeshi

Piano Sheet Music:

The Cat Returns Piano Sheet Music Book

 

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2004

Howl’s Moving Castle (ハウルの動く城)

 

Release Date: November 20, 2004

Director        : Hayao Miyazaki

Screenwriter: Hayao Miyazaki

Producer       : Toshio Suzuki

Music            : Joe Hisaishi

 

Howl's Moving Castle

 

Music From “Howl’s Moving Castle”

 

 

Soundtrack:

Howl’s Moving Castle

Piano Sheet Music:

Howl’s Moving Castle Piano Solo Sheet Music

 

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2006

Tales From Earthsea ( ゲド戦記)

 

Release Date: July 29, 2006

Director        : Goro Miyazaki

Screenwriter: Goro Miyazaki & Keiko Niwa

Producer       : Toshio Suzuki

Music            : Tamiya Terashima

 

Tales From Earthsea

 

Music From “Tales From Earthsea”

 

 

Soundtrack:

Tales From Earthsea

Piano Sheet Music:

Tales From Earthsea Gedo Senki Piano Sheet Music

 

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2008

Ponyo ( 崖の上のポニョ)

Release Date: July 19, 2008

Director        : Hayao Miyazaki

Screenwriter: Hayao Miyazaki

Producer       : Toshio Suzuki

Music            : Joe Hisaishi

 

Ponyo

 

 Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea by Joe Hisaishi

 

 

Soundtrack:

Gake No Ue No Ponyo Soundtrack

Piano Sheet Music:

Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea Piano Solo Sheet Music

 

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2010

Arrietty ( 借りぐらしのアリエッティ)

 

Release Date: July 17, 2010

Director        : Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Screenwriter: Hayao Miyazaki & Keiko Niwa

Producer       : Toshio Suzuki

Music            : Cécile Corbel

 

Arrietty

 

Theme Song From “Arrietty”

 

 

Soundtrack:

The Borrower Arrietty Soundtrack

Piano Sheet Music:

The Secret World of Arrietty Easy Piano Solo Sheet Music / 14songs

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2011

From Up on Poppy Hill (コクリコ坂から)

 

Release Date: July 16, 2011

Director        : Goro Miyazaki

Screenwriter: Hayao Miyazaki & Keiko Niwa

Producer       : Toshio Suzuki

Music            : Satoshi Takebe

 

From Up on Poppy Hill

 

“Sayonara no Natsu” ~ Ending Theme From “From Up on Poppy Hill”

 

 

Soundtrack:

STUDIO GHIBLI PRODUCE KOKURIKO ZAKA KAEA KASHU

Piano Sheet Music:

From up on poppy hill (Official) Piano Solo Sheet Music Score Book

 

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2013

The Wind Rises ( 風立ちぬ)

 

Release Date: July 20, 2013

Director        : Hayao Miyazaki

Screenwriter: Hayao Miyazaki

Producer       : Toshio Suzuki

Music            : Joe Hisaishi

 

The Wind Rises

 

The Wind Rises by Joe Hisaishi

 

Soundtrack:

Kaze Tachinu Soundtrack

Piano Sheet Music:

Piano Piece Kaze Tachinu – The Wind Rises – Yori Sheet Music

 

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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (かぐや姫の物語)

 

Release Date: November 23, 2013

Director        : Isao Takahata

Screenwriter: Isao Takahata & Riko Sakaguchi

Producer       : Yoshiaki Nishimura, Toshio Suzuki & Seiichiro Ujiie

Music            : Joe Hisaishi

 

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

 

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya by Joe Hisaishi

 

 

Soundtrack:

Tale of Princess Kaguya

Piano Sheet Music:

Inochi No Kioku (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Ending Theme) By Kazumi Nikaidou

 

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2014

When Marnie Was There ( 思い出のマーニー)

 

Release Date: July 19, 2014

Director        : Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Screenwriter: Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Keiko Niwa & Masashi Ando

Producer       : Yoshiaki Nishimura & Toshio Suzuki

Music            : Takatsugu Muramatsu

 

When Marnie Was There

 

“Fine on the Outside” ~ Ending Theme From “When Marnie Was There”

 

 

Soundtrack:

WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE (OMOIDE NO MARNIE) SOUNDTRACK ONGAKUSHU (2CD)

Piano Sheet Music:

Fine on the Outside (When Marnie Was There Ending Theme) By Priscilla Ahn

 

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2 Comments:

  1. I enjoyed the piece from Princess Mononoke. I happen to know a little bit on music having passed my grade 8 piano exam almost 2 decades back. Very beautiful performance from the orchestra and the solo rendition just lifts up your soul.

    1. Hi Kenny, glad that you enjoy the music. My favorites are My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away. You can get the piano sheet music from the links provided. Enjoy playing!

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