Kuzuryuookami is a demon with nine heads and a dragon's tail that often features in Japanese myths and legends. Curiously, this legend had spread through various regions in Japan, resulting in multiple variations of the same legend. One version of the legend recounts how Kuzuryuookami had helped many people by bringing rain, while another version has it that the demon had summoned great floods and attacked people. It is likely that these legends are our way of imbuing a divine character to the gifts and threats of nature, among them the waterrelated natural phenomena of rain and floods, whose sheer power human beings are ultimately unable to match.This piece was inspired by the legend of Kuzuryuookami. It largely follows a slowfastslow structure, with the individual sections representing "prayers," "a rampaging Kuzuryuookami," and "prayers and blessings," respectively. Although the piece had been mainly composed with a Japanese style in mind, the "prayers" section in particular aims to create a sound reminiscent of the tone of traditional Japanese musical instruments such as the hichikiri and sho.This piece was premiered at the 10th Recital of the Young Composers' Association "Shining" in March 2018 by students of music colleges in Tokyo under the direction of conductor Kento Takeuchi. It was featured in "KYOEN XXII prosperous future for band into the 21st century" and was performed again by Tokai University Sugao High School, Wind Symphony under the direction of conductor Sadao Kajima. This piece was also the winner of the 52nd Japan Bandmasters Association Shitaya Prize.
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