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Hiroaki Kataoka

Hiroaki Kataoka

Subtitle: Father of the Universe

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 8:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bravo Music / Brain Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $300.00 (Rental)


Flute I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
E-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I / B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horns in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Chappa(Japanese Cymbals) or Chanchiki
  • Claves
  • Glockenspiel
  • Japanese Drum Set
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-tam
  • Rain Stick
  • Ribbon Crasher
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone
  • Whip
  • Wind Chime
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone
  • Yagura Daiko


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Amenominakanushi (Heavenly Ancestral God of the Originating Heart of the Universe) is, according to the Shinto Kojiki, the first kami and the source of the universe. In Japanese mythology, Amenominakanushi is described as a "god who came into being alone" (hitorigami), the first of the zōka sanshin ("three kami of creation"), and one of the five kotoamatsukami ("distinguished heavenly gods").

By writing my previous work Sea Goddess (Torinoiwakusufunenokami), myth for winds and percussion, I realized the charm of expressing Japanese myth in wind orchestra. Japanese mythology is imaginative and motivating.

What is important in this work is the chappa (japanese cymbals) rhythm. Based on this, the orchestration was devised so that music can be composed and three-dimensional sound can be created. In addition, we have devised a thick sound like a pipe organ and effective use of percussion instruments to create a sense of color.

Sea Goddess had elements such as jazz and pop based on the Japanese taste. Amenominakanushi is fully Japanese-styled. Personally, I think it is a sequel to Sea Goddess. It is a work that can be exhibited by students, general groups, and professional performers with their individuality, depending on the playing group.

The premiere of Shiei Junior High School in Kitakyushu City (Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan) was a dynamic and dramatic performance. Niigata Meikun High School (Niigata Prefecture, Japan) impressed the audience with a polite performance.

This work has lots of fun of dynamism, mood, propulsion and rhythm!

- Program Note by composer

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  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Glenn C. Hayes, conductor) - 24 April 2022

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