Simon Hutchinson


Wind Ensemble Commission Consortium

Hiraizumi Commission Consortium

A consortium of wind ensembles is collaborating to commission a piece for large chamber ensemble and electronics from Simon Hutchinson, a composer whose work engages with themes of cross-cultural and international communication

The work is inspired by the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hiraizumi, a cluster of 12-century Buddhist temples in the hills of Northern Japan. These ancient structures set in the picturesque setting of rural Japan were a favorite spot for the composer to visit while working and studying in Iwate.


From the composer:

I was thrilled when Hiraizumi finally became a World Heritage Site in 2011. My first visit was in 2003, during my first year in Japan, when I was taken there by my Japanese colleagues. Over the years, I continue to revisit Hiraizumi, and it is a place that I always associate with the very best of my experiences studying Japanese Culture.

In this piece, I hope to celebrate and pay homage to this location that holds importance in the history of human civilization as well as to me personally. Additionally, I hope to express my appreciation of Hiraizumi from the perspective of an American. Like Gershwin's An American in Paris, this piece will be shaped by who I am and my experience of this cultural wonder.


The commissioned piece will be in a single movement, approximately eight to ten minutes in length, and will integrate ideas of the music and sounds of Northern Japan into the "Western" wind ensemble interacting with live electronics.

Excerpts of Hutchinson's previous work appears below:

Instrumentation for Hiraizumi

  • Piccolo
  • Flute
  • Oboe x 2
  • Bassoon x 2
  • Bb Clarinet x 2
  • Bass Clarinet
  • Soprano Sax
  • Alto Sax
  • Tenor Sax
  • Bari Sax
  • Bb Trumpet
  • Horn x 2
  • Trombone
  • Tuba
  • Piano
  • Percussion x 4
  • Electronics

Confirmed Participants (as of 12/12/15):

To Join the Consortium:

eMail James Smart, Director of Bands at the University of Montana:

Fee: $300, Due February 1st, 2016

Piece will be delivered by 1 February 2016

As a member of the consortium you will receive:

  • Your ensemble and director's name in a dedication on the title page of the score
  • Parts and a bound score mailed to you
  • Exclusive performance/recording rights (shared with other consortium members) for one year from the delivery of the score
  • Continued performance rights in perpetuity