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Overture for Symphonic Band

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Bin Kaneda

Bin Kaneda

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General Info

Year: 1972
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig-Masters
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
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 Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Overture for Symphonic Band is comprised of musical elements from the Eastern and Western hemispheres, creating many interesting colors and musical devices. The West has been fascinated with Japanese culture for centuries, especially after the popularity of Giacomo Puccini's Madame Butterfly, which premiered in 1904. Many European composers, including Claude Debussy, were influenced by the exoticism of Eastern musical devices, such as the pentatonic scale and static harmony.

This work resembles the form of a seventeenth-century French overture, with a slow introductory section in triple meter that incorporates dotted rhythms, followed by a quick "Allegro" section in cut-time.

Overture for Symphonic Band was composed in 1970 at the request of the Yamaha Concert Band, which premiered the work in the spring of 1971.

- Program Note from Teaching Music Through Performance in Band

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class BB
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Virginia: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Concert Band (Arianna Guntvedt, conductor) – 25 November 2019

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Kenada, B. (1972). Overture for Symphonic Band [score]. Ludwig Music: Cleveland, O.
  • Schallert, Gary. " Overture for Symphonic Band." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 453-462. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.