Japanese Pictures (full set) by Kevin Mixon. For concert band (flute, oboe (opt. flute 2), clarinet 1 in Bb, clarinet 2 in Bb, bass clarinet in Bb, bassoon, alto saxophone in Eb, tenor saxophone in Bb, baritone saxophone in Eb, trumpet 1 in Bb, trumpet 2 in Bb, horn in F, trombone, euphonium t.c. in Bb, euphonium b.c). Young Performance Series. Score and parts. Duration 3 minutes, 1 second. Published by Carl Fischer (CF.YPS112).
Japanese Pictures draws inspiration from both traditional and modern Japanese music. The harmonies are western as suggested by the accompanying melodies, and the percussion is styled to give the sounds of a taiko drum ensemble. Young bands will find this piece intriguing and different. Use this work as part of your multi-cultural approach to teaching music appreciation. Also a good choice for contest or festival performance.