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Wataru Hokoyama

Wataru Hokoyama

General Info

Year: 2006
Duration: c. 9:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bravo Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) – Rental ($300.00)   |   Score Only (print) - $50.00


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
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Brake Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Toms (4)
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This work was commissioned by the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) Wind Orchestra and premiered on February 23, 2006, with Thomas Leslie conducting. About the work the composer writes:

In astronomy, "nebula” is a cloud of gas or dust in outer space, visible in the night sky as an indistinct bright patch or a dark silhouette against other luminous matter. This stellar formation inspired me to convey what I call “inner nebula”, a sense of darkness and void within our hearts that is shrouded from view other than to ourselves. This solitary anguish that dampens our soul is oblivious to those around us, for they only see our seemingly bright and uncomplicated surface. We keep our secrets and desires hidden but yearn for deliverance from this torment. As nebula in space is only visible by contrast to its radiant surroundings, we long to be “seen” by others in such a sense.

- Program Note from Teaching Music Through Performance in Band

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Oregon State University (Corvallis) Wind Symphony (Olin Hannum, conductor) - 18 May 2023
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Wind Ensemble (Emily Threinen, conductor) - 6 February 2023
  • Charles River Wind Ensemble (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) (Matthew Marsit, conductor) - 12 June 2022
  • Oregon State University (Corvallis) Wind Ensemble (Chris Chapman, conductor) – 24 October 2018
  • Gay Freedom Band Of Los Angeles (Justin Raines, conductor) – 22 October 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Hokoyama, W. (2006). Nebula [score]. Audica Music: Hiroshima, Japan.
  • Snyder, Courtney. "Nebula." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 780-787. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.
  • Wataru Hokoyama website