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Suite for Symphonic Band

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Bin Kaneda

Bin Kaneda

General Info

Year: 2000
Duration: c. 14:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Brain Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) – Rental ($400)


1. Prelude – 3:50
2. Waltz – 2:45
3. Interlude – 3:50
4. Finale – 3:45


Full Score
C Piccolo
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
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Bin Kaneda (1935-2002) made great contributions to symphonic repertoire for wind band in Japan with several well-known works, including Passacaglia for Symphonic Band (1971) and Ballade I-V (1981-1999).

Suite was commissioned to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Shimane Prefecture All-Japan Band Association. It is one of the pieces that Kaneda composed during his later years, while fighting lung cancer. In striking contrast to the serious and stately Ballade V, which he composed immediately before this work, Suite surprisingly features many light and witty phrases. It consists of four movements (Prelude, Waltz, Interlude, and Finale) with simple orchestration. And yet this work is rich in content. Perhaps this work marks a breakthrough into a new frontier that Kaneda was able to reach only after completing the intense and dramatic Ballade V. It is hard to imagine that any of today’s Japanese composers could have written the light-hearted cornet dance in Finale that is reminiscent of a cakewalk, for example.

Although it has become common in recent years to perform only gorgeous (sometime flashy) pieces at competitions, we believe professional bands must not ignore light-hearted works such as this. It is precisely because Hiroshima Wind Orchestra has performed the entire Ballade series in a single concert that gives meaning to this performance and allows us to accurately convey the fun and joy of this entertaining composition.

- Program Note for the Hiroshima Wind Orchestra concert program, 23 December 2017

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

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Works for Winds by this Composer


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