Variations for Orchestra

This concert piece consist of a theme, five variations and funeral march (finale).

The Variation for Orchestra was composed at the request of the Okayama University Sym- phony Orchestra in 1998. A melancolic theme is followed by five variations and the finalea vigorous con fuoso; a con grazia with a beau- tiful obbligato of solo-violin; a giocoso with French hermonies; an alla marcia; a burlesco; and a mesto, a funeral march (finale). Emo- tional fortessimo phrases played by brass in- struments at the end of the finale evoke the word lamentation, which is given to the arrangement for wind orchestra of this work.

The finale is dedicated to a gifted composer Bin Kaneda, composer Hoshinas close friend who died in 2002. Each composer composed a funeral march for the other, each teasing the other about which one would live longer. In 1986 Kanedas was first, and he composed Ah! for symphonic band and sent the score to Hoshina with a hand-written suffix Hiroshi Hoshina at the end of the printed title. Hoshina finally fulfilled his promise, com- posing Lamentation To ”, meaning “to Bin Kaneda” in 1998 for his arrangement for wind orchestra.

– Commission

Commissioned work for 45th regular concert of Okayama University Symphony Orchestra

– Premier

  • Date : 1998.12
  • Place : Okayama Symphony Hall
  • Cond. : Takashi Akiyama
  • Performed by : Okayama University Symphony Orchestra

– Also available for



Japanese Title
Westean TitleVariations for Orchestra
Published fromHoshina Music Office
Original scoreHoshina Music Office
Performance time22:00
Level (1~5)4
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Availability from Hoshina Music OfficeRental Sheet Music
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JASRAC work code064-0453-7