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Spiritual Planet

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Wataru Hokoyama

Wataru Hokoyama

General Info

Year: 2004
Duration: c. 14:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Bravo Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $350.00 (Rental)   |   Score Only (print) - $70.00


1. Sphere in Chaos - 4:15
2. Lost Souls - 5:40
3. Enlightenment - 4:20


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone I-II
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Brake Drum
  • Chimes
  • Conga
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Laves
  • Rainstick
  • Slit Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Taiko Drum, large
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Tom (4)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This piece is written to express the world we live in now and my imagination of what might happen to us in the future. As the world seems to become less secure, I feel that many of us have been living in anxiety and unexplainable fear. This three-movement suite is a "soundtrack" to my imaginary story about the state of our world.

Sphere in Chaos expresses the actual chaotic events that have been occurring worldwide. Earthquakes, tsunami waves, wildfires and other natural disasters have been affecting our everyday lives. Sphere in Chaos shows the arrival of fear.

Lost Souls laments the sense of loss and hopelessness. As seen on the daily news, thousands of lives have been lost to chaotic events caused by man and nature in recent years. The piece begins as a requiem for those lost souls. Then the phrases energize to express the power of life. No matter how difficult it becomes to go on with our lives, each of us has the power to survive, to hope, and to make changes to help the world become a better place.

Enlightenment is the climax of the story. Challenges continue to envelop our lives. The world burns and freezes as we suffer and struggle. The planet slowly becomes a frozen world of ice. The slow section in the middle (piano solo and bowed vibraphone) expresses this frigid world, where you no longer hear screams of suffering or sounds of destruction. Everything seems to have disappeared, and now the planet is wrapped in complete silence. It seems that the world has ended. Then, we hear melting ice slowly becoming huge waterfalls and deep rivers. We see the sign of restoration. At the end of the piece, strong sun light beams in amongst the dark clouds, and we realize it is the beginning of a new life.

- Program Note by composer

Spiritual Planet evolved from a project originally intended for Japanese televisions documentary series The Miracle Planet II. Lost Souls and Enlightenment, which eventually became the second and third movements of Spiritual Planet, were submitted as full orchestral arrangements for the television series. Even though Hokoyama was contracted to score and conduct the music for the show, these movements were not used in the production.

Upon hearing the music, Tad Suzuki of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas encouraged Hokoyama to reorchestrate the two movements for band and add a third movement(Sphere in Chaos) to make a three-movement suite.

- Program Note from Teaching Music through Performance in Band

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Mast, Andrew. "Spiritual Planet." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 696-702. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.
  • Wataru Hokoyama website