Dawn Prayer (score) - Flexible Band 3-4 Parts & Percussion

Dawn Prayer (score) - Flexible Band 3-4 Parts & Percussion

[Part 1] Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Eb Alto Saxophone, Bb Trumpet
[Part 2 (optional)] Bb Clarinet, Bb Tenor Saxophone, F Horn, Euphonium
[Part 3] Bb Clarinet, Bb Bass Clarinet, Bb Tenor Saxophone, Eb Baritone Saxophone, F Horn, Trombone
[Part 4] Bb Bass Clarinet, Eb Baritone Saxophone, Tuba, String Bass
[1st Percussion] Bongo, Xylophone, Tambourine, Glockenspiel
[2nd Percussion] 2 Congas, Vibraphone, Floor Tom
[3rd Percussion] 2 Tom-toms, Snare Drum, Suspended Cymbal
[4th Percussion (optional)] Timpani, Splash Cymbal (Small Suspended Cymbal)

There are many words meaning "Dawn" in Japanese. Here I have chosen "Futsugyo."

In Kanji, it's written with two characters, "Akatsuki" (dawn) and "Harau" (brush away).
Dawn is the first appearance of light in the sky before sunrise. Therefore, "Futsugyo" is slightly later than dawn when the sky is getting brighter. While looking at the many words about Dawn, I understand those who observed incremental light changes and the ancient Japanese religious beliefs about the sun. That's how I came up with "Prayer" in the title. The naturally obtained sounds made by winds and percussion.
The combinations of drums will be interesting. You may choose Japanese drums to create an Asian atmosphere or Djembe, Kenkeni, and Dundun for African feel. I intentionally did not write to emphasize either Eastern or Western. Your group's prayer can be freely created by choice of instruments.

(Hiroyuki Yamazawa)