Commissioned by the Japan Ground Self Defense Force Central Band.
Premiered at the 2016 Midwest Clinic.
This suite depicts the four distinct seasons in Japan, “Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer”. One of Japan’s attractions is its natural beauty, seen throughout the country. For centuries, the seasons have been closely observed by Japanese customs and culture, fostering a great sensitivity to the annual changes.
The common theme for each movement is “Falling”. It not only reflects the widely varying beauty of changing scenery, but also in many ways symbolizes aspects of daily Japanese life.
The music employs various Japanese modes, providing melodies that are familiar to those close to the culture.
Clarinet in Eb
1st Clarinet in Bb
2nd Clarinet in Bb
3rd Clarinet in Bb
4th Clarinet in Bb
Alto Clarinet in Eb
Bass Clarinet in Bb
Contra-alto Clarinet in Eb