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Morning Songs in Hiroshima

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Yasuhide Ito

Yasuhide Ito

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General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 8:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ito Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


English Horn
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bell Tree
  • Chimes (A)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotale (E-flat)
  • Glockenspiel (or Celesta)
  • Ratchet
  • Snare Drums (2)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam
  • Tambourine
  • Vibraphone (or Celesta)
  • Wind Chime
  • Xylophone
  • Sleigh Bells (2)
  • Toms (2)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Around 1990 I received a request for a piece about Nagasaki. That city, along with Hiroshima, experienced the horrors of nuclear weapons for the first time in human history. I did not feel I was at a point where I could write about a monumental theme like war. That's how I came to compose Gloriosa ("Gururiyoza"), regarding underground Christianity in the area of Nagasaki.

In 2009, I received a commission from Hiroshima, another city with a terrible atomic war memory. This time for sure I wanted to write about war and peace. I wanted to use all of my heart and soul to create a song of prayers, and to describe the drowning city becoming a symbol of peace, calling it Morning Songs reflecting a "Morning of Peace." It was morning when the bomb hit Hiroshima -- August 6, 1945, at 8:15 a.m.

The start of the 21st century also saw the September 11 attacks in USA. I began writing many peace-themed works for band and chorus, including the recent The Tale of the Blackened Canteen (opera) that premiered in May 2018.

Morning Song in Hiroshima was commissioned by the Suzugamine Girls High School Wind Orchestra; it premiere on April 26, 2009.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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