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Japanese Morning Song

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Kyoto Sila

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: 1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse Company
Cost: Score and Parts - Withdrawn.


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bell Tree (optional)
  • Bells
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Hyoshigi (optional; or Wooden Clappers)
  • Kane (Gong; or Suspended Cymbal)
  • Rain Stick (optional)
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Suneadoramu (or Snare Drum)
  • Taiko Drum (or Bass Drum or Tom-tom (low))
  • Wind Chimes (bamboo)


In Score:

  • Bells, m.4, beat 1: D5 should be a B-flat4.

- Potential errata noted by Matthew LeFebvre

Program Notes

Japanese Morning Song is a lyrical work for beginning band. The music suggests the start of a new day, beginning gently, and gradually increasing in texture and sonority as the morning progresses. Instead of triadic harmony, melodies flow in fourths or implied fifths, reminiscent of traditional Japanese folk music. Authentic Japanese percussion instruments accompany the melodies, in a rhythmically sparse manner, but adding unique color and context to this work.

- Program Note from score

Using just the first six notes learned in band instruction, Japanese Morning Song provides a rare opportunity for beginning band students to perform multicultural music. Composer Kyoto Sila presents beautiful melodies accompanied with Japanese percussion instruments (with American counterparts noted).

- Program Note from publisher

N.B. "Kyoto Sila" is a pseudonym for another, anonymous composer. After online research by Christian Michael Folk and subsequent discussions described this assumption of a Japanese name presumably to market a Japanese-sounding composition, and following accusations of misrepresentation and cultural misappropriation, the publisher, C.L. Barnhouse, withdrew this title from its catalog.

The year 2020 was a tumultuous one, with the Covid-19 pandemic combined with disruption to the educational process, widespread social unrest following incidences of racial conflict, increased political antagonism, and substantial natural disasters. This publishing incident is noted here as instructive of the importance that cultural and gender identity has gained in the second decade of the 21st century, particularly in the troubled 2018-2020 period, in the publishing field and in society at large.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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