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Lamento d’introduction et Scène de prière

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Yunosuke Okamura

Yunosuke Okamura

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 9:10
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Yunosuke Okamura
Cost: Score and Parts - Available July 2020

Instrumentation (one player per part)

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This piece is indeed strongly influenced by the Lamentations of Jeremiah. It is needless to say that the fifth movement is about praying. However, this piece has an elegy in the introduction part and a praying scene in the fifth movement. These, combined, make one piece. It also uses one chorale, as well as the elegy (eikhá; an onomatopoeia in Hebrew to express emotion) that is in the original script.

Towards the end, drawing inspiration from the Apocalypse, I decided to make the trumpets resound seven times. It is for the same reason that the ending of this piece has the same harmony that can be heard seven times.

I believe that what is essential to us even at the present is the hope that comes from prayer, not just from grief.

- Program Note by composer

The title of this work translates from the French as "Introductory Lament and Prayer Scene."


  • World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensemble (WASBE) Composition Competition, Category 3, 2019, third place

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Yunosuke Okamura, personal correspondence, August 2019