Four Seasons of Japan

Four Seasons of Japan

  • Composer: Yagisawa, Satoshi
  • Grade: 5
  • Duration: 7:30
  • Genre: Concert Band
  • Publisher: Brain Music
  • Item No: ZOMS-A096S


Program Note

Commissioned by Roosevelt High School Symphonic Band (Hawaii, USA).

Director Gregg Abe and students are very interested in everything Japanese, from culture and beautiful scenery to Japan’s remarkable band scene. Thus, they commissioned a new piece based on the theme "Four Seasons in Japan."

In Japan, the school year starts in April. But other countries usually begin in fall, so this piece is written in the order of "Fall - Winter - Spring - Summer". It offers a viewpoint of "the four seasons as observed from outside Japan".

The composer wishes for others to be more familiar with his country and hopes for foreign and Japanese bands to deepen engagement through fine literature and exciting performance.
In March 2019, Roosevelt’s Symphonic Band was selected as one of four groups performing at the prestigious New York Wind Band Festival at Carnegie Hall. Their premier performance won gold prize.


Piccolo (opt.)
1st & 2nd Flutes
Oboe (opt.)
Bassoon (opt.)

1st Clarinet in Bb
2nd Clarinet in Bb
3rd Clarinet in Bb(opt.)
Bass Clarinet in Bb

1st Alto Saxophone
2nd Alto Saxophone (opt.)
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone (opt.)

1st & 2nd Trumpets in Bb
3rd Trumpet in Bb (opt.)

1st Horn in F
2nd Horn in F (opt.)
3rd Horn in F

1st & 2nd Trombones
3rd Trombone (opt.)

Contrabass (opt.)


[1st Percussion](opt.)
Marimba / Chimes

[2nd Percussion](opt.)
Gong / Triangle (High)

[3rd Percussion]
Suspended Cymbal
4 Tom-toms / Bongo

[4th Percussion]
Snare Drum
Crash Cymbals / Gong

[5th Percussion]
Bass Drum / Hyoshigi (or Claves)