While judging ensemble contest in recent years I noticed many clarinet players wearing hair buns. When all eight high school students appeared on stage with a chignon hair-do playing my Pater Noster, I forgot about the contest for a moment! So I came up with the idea of writing a clarinet work with the title Chignon.
Haruhiko Okamatsu, president of the Kochi Clarinet Society who I met when I visited Kochi Prefecture, had the strong desire to present a great clarinet ensemble work from the region.
Think of "chignon" as a metaphor. You don’t have to have "chignon" to perform. Think of it as the nuances of positivity and fun. The cadenza played by the 1st clarinet at midway can also be played ad lib.
Mr. Okamatsu gave us a lot of advice and ideas for completing the work. I also received opinions from the director, Mr. Koji Miura, clarinetist. I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart.