I composed this piece in 2012 after it was commissioned by Asahikawa Ryoun Senior High School for its 30th anniversary.
The advisor of the school had recounted to me that after a member of the orchestra who loved sunflowers passed away in a car accident, the rest of the members planted sunflowers around the school to mourn the death of their friend. Other students in the school gradually became involved as well, and the school's cultural festival was also renamed "Himawari" (Sunflower) in honor of the student. I drew inspiration from this for the composition of this piece, "Himawari."
Although the piece featured a slow and calm ending during its premiere, I have added a faster section to it as the coda for its publication to evoke the image of a bright future. The solo at the opening of the piece is performed by the A. Sax by default, but it can also be played by other instruments with reference to the cue notes.
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