Toshio Hosokawa (1955)

Autumn Wind (2011)

for shakuhachi and orchestra

  • General information
    • Composition date: 2011
    • Duration: 14 mn
    • Publisher: Schott
    • Commission: MITO Settembre Musica 2011
Detailed formation
  • soloist: shakuhachi
  • 2 flutes (also 1 piccolo), 2 oboes (also 1 English horn), 2 clarinets (also 1 bass clarinet), 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba, 2 percussionists, harp, strings

Premiere information

  • Date: 11 September 2011

    Italie, Turin


    la Filarmonica ‘900, direction : Daniel Kawka.


version orchestrale de Voyage X

Program note

This work was commissioned by MITO SettembreMusica for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Italy. In spite of its simple shape, the shakuhachi has a wide range of expression : it can make both a violent and a graceful sound. The shakuhachi represents a human being, while the orchestra can be taken as the universe and nature existing within and without the human figure. A song of a human being is connected with the root of nature more and more deeply through the dialogue between the shakuhachi and the orchestra. 

Toshio Hosokawa.