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A number of years ago, I received an e-mail from Mr Hiroaki Shiomi, the tuba player of The Orchestra Osaka Symphoniker.He wrote that he had heard a recording of my composition for band called A Tone Poem for Wind Orchestra ﾐ And Then the Ocean Glows (2002), and he was moved to tears. At the time, I was still a newcomer and my compositions were rarely performed. I had never received such a message before, and I remember that I was delighted; this encouraged me more than
Hiroaki Shiomi loves band music very much and teaches younger musicians to provide music that moves listeners. We have similar musical ideas and goals. I meet with Hiroaki Shiomi every time I visit Kansai, and we talk about music.I was asked by this enthusiastic tuba player to write a warm and beautiful piece for F tuba and piano for his first solo album.I was pleased to write a composition for him ﾐ which was Love Song. Shiomi’s warm and gentle tone will surely fascinate many listeners, just like my music moved him. I hope that this piece will be included in the repertoire of tuba players all over the world.