Falling of the Seasons - Suite for Clarinet Octet

Falling of the Seasons - Suite for Clarinet Octet

Also Available DigitallyDigital Sheet Music
Printed set (Score & Parts)

1. Falling of the Leaves 2. Falling of the Snow 3. Falling of the Blossoms 4. Falling of the Sunlight

Eb Clarinet
4 Bb Clarinets
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra-alto Clarinet

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.

(Yoshio Nakahashi)