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Viva Sugar Road March

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Hiroaki Kataoka

Hiroaki Kataoka

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 3:05
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bravo Music / Brain Music
Cost: There is no pricing because the score is extra data (PDF) on the CD "The Path Tenma - The music of Hiroaki Kataoka".


Full Score
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass 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
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Whip
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

I was commissioned by Iizuka City to compose Viva Sugar Road March to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the opening of “Chikuzen Musyuku”, which is six post towns in the Chikuzen domain (currently Fukuoka Prefecture) on the Nagasaki Kaidō.

During the Edo period, there was “Dejima” in Nagasaki, and it was the only area where we could interact with foreign countries through the isolation policy. The sugar that came from there was transported from Nagasaki to Saga and Fukuoka through the Nagasaki Kaidō. The confections adopted from Portugal, Spain, etc. such as castella and bolo that use sugar, have become famous throughout Japan. Nagasaki Kaidō has come to be known as “The Sugar Road”.

I composed this march in minor scale using a Japanese scale, and in the middle section I tried to express the state of “Daimyo procession” when “Sankin-kōtai”(alternate attendance) with a devised rhythm. The sound of this work expresses the emotion of the Edo period with a light rhythm, and expresses the dignity of old Japan with a magnificent fanfare.

I want many people to know about “The Sugar Road”.

- Program Note by composer for CD "The Path Tenma - The music of Hiroaki Kataoka"

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