Japanese Pictures

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Kevin Mixon

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General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: J.W. Pepper
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
Oboe (opt. Flute II)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Bells
  • Claves
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


  • Clarinet 2, m. 5-6, score is incorrect, part is correct
  • Alto Sax, m. 9, both notes should be concert A (correct in score)
  • Percussion 2, Large Concert Tom (score and parts) is written on multiple spaces, but should be played on one drum throughout

Program Notes

Written in ABA form, Japanese Pictures uses the Japanese folk songs Hora Nera, Nen Nero and Ichi Kake, Ni Kakete as its primary material. Western style harmonies, as suggested by the melodies, are used throughout the work, and the concert percussion parts are written to evoke the sounds of a traditional taiko ensemble. Royalties from Japanese Pictures are donated to Music for Relief, an organization that provided supplies, food, and construction materials for victims of the massive tsunami that hit Japan in 2011.

-Program Note by McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band

Japanese Pictures draws inspiration from both traditional and modern Japanese music. The harmonies are western as suggested by the accompanying melodies, and the percussion is styled like a taiko drum ensemble. Both your band and audience will find this piece intriguing and unique.

-Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • Ohio: OMEA Junior High School Band B
  • Texas: II. Complete


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