for wind ensemble

Composition Date: 2007
Duration: 00:21:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Concert Band / Large Wind Ensembles


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piccolo
  • 2 x Flute
  • 2 x Oboe
  • 3 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Bass clarinet
  • 2 x Bassoon
  • 4 x Saxophone
  • 4 x Horn
  • 4 x Trumpet
  • 4 x Trombone
  • 1 x Baritone/Euphonium
  • 1 x Tuba
  • 1 x Timpani
  • 3 x Percussion
  • 1 x Piano
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Band
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Programme Note:
The title, Rashomon, comes from the 1950 Japanese movie directed by Akira Kurosawa. The film depicts the story of a rape and murder. Four different participants, the raped woman, the murdered samurai (through a psychic), the criminal and a woodcutter, give their account of the rape and murder. All accounts seem feasible but all are very different. The film does not give more credibility to any of the differing perspectives and poses the questions, what is truth and can truth exist?
Similarly, each movement of Rashomon reflects a different perspective of the same musical event. In this case, a simple musical event that moves the music in a wave from a low point to a high point and returning to a low point. The underlying form, basic gestural content, pitch material and instrumentation remain the same in each movement. Although each movement is dark and aggressive, each of the three perspectives differs in tempi and character and provides important differences in the perception of the musical event that takes place. Each movement portrays a different style of introduction. Rashomon I could be regarded as an intrada announcing the important elements an a clearly stated skeleton of the form and its gestural content. Rashomon II, a slow march, depicts the arrival of a strong force. Rashomon III uses the same gestural content in the style of a concert overture.

Premiere Information:
26/11/09 University of Alberta Convocation Hall Edmonton University of Alberta Symphonic Wind Ensemble Conductor: Angela Schroeder


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1800 R354ra
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Concert Band / Large Wind Ensembles
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • October 7, 2010
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (88 p.) ;
    88 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
    Width: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • wind ensemble
    Rashomon I
    Rashomon II
    Rashomon III
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