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Motoharu Kawashima

Motoharu Kawashima

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Tokyo Hustle Copy
Cost: Score and Parts – 11,000 yen

Instrumentation (total forces)

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

  • Bass Drum (2)
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Flame Drum
  • Flexatone
  • Ratchet
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraslap
  • Whip


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The entire ensemble is divided into four groups, each led by a percussionist who stands in front of the group. Since the conductor is absent at the beginning, the percussionist play the role of a switch -- as the title suggests -- by indicating the entry and rhythm of each group. Each percussion instrument corresponds to a different musical idea, but guided by the leaders' cues, musics become intricately jumbled.

Finally, the conductor appears, blowing a whistle to forcefully settle the chaos. From this point on, the performance progresses under the direction of the conductor, but gradually players of each group begin to follow the leader's cue, and confusion begins again. The work ends with the percussionists' counterattack knocking out the conductor.

I would like to see the staging with more freedom beyond the score's instructions: for example, separating the costumes of each group.

- Program note by composer


State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer


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