Land of the Rising Sun

Ensemble: OrchestraGrade: 3

Commissioned and dedicated to the Satellite High School Symphonic Orchestra in celebration of their invitation to perform at the 59th annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Frank Diaz and Mark Nelson, conductors. The composition is a single movement A-B-A composition depicting the Japanese art of taiko drumming. The piece begins with a mysterious flute solo (mimicking the Japanese flute – the Shakahuchi). It moves quickly into a taiko drum solo with visual and verbal chants. The orchestra slowly layers in and grows to a fully orchestrated moment. The B section once again features the flute and the strings are playing pizzicato imitating the Japanese Koto string instrument. The taiko drums return to the quick tempo and grow to a large climactic end to the piece.

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