• Harukoma
  • Stockey Centre
  • April 15, 2006

Harukoma

Date Composed: 1991
Composer: Kiyoshi Nagata
Arrangement: Kiyoshi Nagata
Premiere Performance: November 28, 1998 - Music Gallery
Recording Title: Stone Path CD

This song was originally composed when I was the director of Toronto Suwa Daiko. It premiered in the early 1990’s at the group’s 10th anniversary at Ryerson Theatre in Toronto. This and my other early composition Shudan, continues to be played by the offshoot group of Toronto Suwa Daiko.

During the early winters of Japan, many horses are born and are kept indoors until after New Years. When they take their first steps outdoors, the young horses run wildly about the fields until springtime. This is considered a good omen.