Toru Takemitsu

A guide to the compositions, recordings, film scores, books and articles of Japan's leading 20th century composer.

Toru Takemitsu

A guide to the compositions, recordings, film scores, books and articles of Japan's leading 20th century composer.

The Music of Toru Takemitsu

This book is the first complete study in English of the work of the best-known Japanese composer of the twentieth century. It is also the first book in this language to offer an in-depth analysis of his music.

The Music of Toru Takemitsu

This book is the first complete study in English of the work of the best-known Japanese composer of the twentieth century. It is also the first book in this language to offer an in-depth analysis of his music. T^D-oru Takemitsu's works are increasingly popular with Western audiences and Peter Burt attempts for the first time to shed light on the hitherto rather secretive world of his working methods, as well as place him in context as heir to the rich tradition of Japanese composition in the twentieth century.

Confronting Silence

The largest body of Takemitsu's writing to be translated into English so far.

Confronting Silence

In these writings, available here in English for the first time, the distinguished Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu reflects on his contemporaries, including John Cage, Olivier Messiaen, and Merce Cunningham; on nature, which has profoundly influenced his composition; on film and painting; on relationships between East and West; on traditional Japanese music; and on his own compositions.

Radicals and Realists in the Japanese Nonverbal Arts

Toru Takemitsu , Confronting Silence : Selected Writings , trans . Yoshiko Kakudo and Glenn ... 21-23 ; Takemitsu Tõru , Oto chinmoku to hakariaeru hodo ni ( Tokyo : Shinchosha , 1971 ) , quoted in Takemitsu , Confronting , p . 11.

Radicals and Realists in the Japanese Nonverbal Arts

Focusing on the nonverbal genres of painting, sculpture, dance, choreography, and music composition, this work shows that generational and political differences, not artistic doctrines, largely account for the divergent stances artists took vis-a-vis modernism, the international arts community, Japan's ties to the United States, and the alliance of corporate and bureaucratic interests that solidified in Japan during the 1960s."

A Memoir of Toru Takemitsu

Through six extensive interviews, Asaka Takemitsu reveals previously unknown information regarding the composer's compositional processes and his private life including the difficult period after the war and the subsequent post-war art ...

A Memoir of Toru Takemitsu

Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996) was the first Japanese composer to receive international recognition in the field of classical music, and is now widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the late twentieth century. Largely self-taught, Takemitsu created his own unique sound world—one that was not bound by convention. InA Memoir of Toru Takemitsu, his wife of forty-two years reveals a candid, behind-the-scenes glimpse into his fascinating life, his legendary music, and his final days. After rising to prominence in 1957 when Igor Stravinsky praised his Requiem for Strings, Takemitsu became best known in the West for his concert music, but was also a master composer of music for film, television, theater, and radio drama. Through six extensive interviews, Asaka Takemitsu reveals previously unknown information regarding the composer's compositional processes and his private life—including the difficult period after the war and the subsequent post-war art movement in Japan, his bond with his friends, love of movies, and daily routine. This inspiring memoir shares an unforgettable story of how a young boy without any musical training or affluence used the power of positive thinking to make his dream of becoming a composer come true.

T ru Takemitsu Memorial Edition

VHS / Laser Disc Toru Takemitsu : Music for the Movies . Sony Music SLV 67167 . Bibliography Akiyama , Kuniharu ( 1990 ) Takemitsu : Eiga no Ongaku ( Takemitsu : Film Music ) , notes for CD Film Music Series . Tokyo : Japan Victor .

T  ru Takemitsu Memorial Edition


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Creative Sources for the Music of T ru Takemitsu

It was through Hayasaka that Takemitsu learned to respect the renowned film director Akira Kurosawa , 62 for whose films such as Ran ( 1985 ) and Dodesukaden ... Makoto Ooka , ' A Few Observations Concerning Toru Takemitsu ' , ed .

Creative Sources for the Music of T  ru Takemitsu

This dissertation comprises a study of the composer Toru Takemitsu, vis-a-vis his creative sources, for example, those extra-musical influences that inspire his compositions. The work is organized into the following categories: (1) his early years, (2) influences from composers, (3) nature, (4) his theory of dream, number and water, (5) words and music, (6) East and West, and (7) relationships with other artists including performers. The final chapter is devoted to the piano compositions by Takemitsu, including a comparative and idiomatic analysis that incorporates discussion of the specific creative influences on each work. Aspects of Takemitsu's individuality and the manifestations of his beliefs - both musical and philosophical - are discussed to discover his complex aesthetic heritage. As his own words reveal: When I decided to be a compser, I did not even know how to notate on scores. In this regard, no one has taught me. These can be learned through reading theory books. But more importantly, things that have established me as a composer are, though those [theory books] do have a little to do with it, things like a book I read, a friend I got to know, or a picture ...

Film Music in the Sound Era

Takemitsu, Tōru See also B9, C119, C715, D1700, E332, E648, E649, E933, E971, E972, E1102, E1188. F1293 De Ferranti, Hugh. ... “1 + 1 = 1: Measuring Time's Distance in Tōru Takemitsu's Nostalghia: In Memory of Andrei Tarkovskij.

Film Music in the Sound Era

Film Music in the Sound Era: A Research and Information Guide offers a comprehensive bibliography of scholarship on music in sound film (1927–2017). Thematically organized sections cover historical studies, studies of musicians and filmmakers, genre studies, theory and aesthetics, and other key aspects of film music studies. Broad coverage of works from around the globe, paired with robust indexes and thorough cross-referencing, make this research guide an invaluable tool for all scholars and students investigating the intersection of music and film. This guide is published in two volumes: Volume 1: Histories, Theories, and Genres covers overviews, historical surveys, theory and criticism, studies of film genres, and case studies of individual films. Volume 2: People, Cultures, and Contexts covers individual people, social and cultural studies, studies of musical genre, pedagogy, and the industry. A complete index is included in each volume.

Electroacoustic Music in East Asia

Liner Notes to Takemitsu Toru no ongaku (LP), reprinted in Takemitsu tōru zenshū (Complete Takemitsu Edition) 5, Tokyo: Shogakukan, 57. Berio, L.1959. “Poésie et Musique, Une expérience.” Revue Belge de Musicologie 13:68–75.

Electroacoustic Music in East Asia

This book illuminates the development of electronic and computer music in East Asia, presented by authors from these countries and territories (China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan). The scholars bring forward the cultural complexities and conflicts involved in their diverse encounters with new music technology and modern aesthetics. How electronic music attracted the interest of composers from East Asia is quite varied – while composers and artists in Japan delved into new sounds and music techniques and fostered electronic music quite early on; political, sociological, and artistic conditions pre-empted the adoption of electronic music techniques in China until the last two decades of the twentieth century. Korean and Taiwanese perspectives contribute to this rare opportunity to re-examine, under a radically different set of cultural preconditions, the sweeping musical transformation that similarly consumed the West. Special light is shed on prominent composers, such as Sukhi Kang, Toshiro Mayuzumi, Toru Takemitsu, and Xiaofu Zhang. Recent trends and new directions which are observed in these countries are also addressed, and the volume shows how the modern fusion of music and technology is triangulated by a depth of culture and other social forces. This book was originally published as a special issue of Contemporary Music Review.

A Way a Lone

A Way a Lone


Jazz Journeys to Japan

sonorous “ breathing ” that Satoh admires so much in the work of Toru Takemitsu . I asked him about this , whether the influence of Takemitsu was strong , and his reply was “ yes , yes , yes , yes . " When Toru Takemitsu , a classical ...

Jazz Journeys to Japan

One author's personal odyssey through the jazz scene in Japan

Music of Japan Today

De Ferranti and Yoko Narazaki, eds, A Way a Lone: Writings on Tôru Takemitsu. Tokyo: Academia Press. 83-124. ... Japanese and Western Confluences in LargeScale Pitch Organization of Toru Takemitsu's November Steps and Autumn.

Music of Japan Today

Music of Japan Today examines cross-cultural confluences in contemporary Japanese art-music through multiple approaches from twenty international composers, performers, and scholars. Like the format of the MOJT symposia (1992-2007) held in the United States, the book is in two parts. In Part I, three award-winning Japanese composers discuss the construction of their compositional techniques and aesthetic orientations. Part II contains nineteen essays by scholars and creative musicians, arranged in a general chronological frame. The first section discusses connections of the music and ideas of Japanese composers during the time surrounding the Second World War to Japan’s politics; section two presents recent perspectives on the music and legacy of Japan’s most internationally renowned composer, Toru Takemitsu (1930-96). Section three investigates innovative, cross-cultural uses of Japanese and Western instruments (grouped by common instrumental families - voice, flutes, strings), shaped by historical traditions, physical design, and acoustic characteristics and constraints. Section four examines computer music by mid-career composers, and the final section looks at four current Japanese societies, within and “off-shore” Japan, and their music: spirituality and wind band music in Japan, avant-garde sound artists in Tokyo, Japanese composers in the UK, and the role of cell phone ringtones in the Japanese music market.

Time in Contemporary Musical Thought

Spiritual-temporal imagery in music of Olivier Messiaen and Toru Takemitsu Timothy Koozin University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, USA The Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu has stated that he was so moved by Olivier Messiaen's Quartet ...

Time in Contemporary Musical Thought

First Published in 1993. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Creativity in Music Education

The music of Toru Takemitsu. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Funayama, T. (1998). Toru Takemitsu: Hibiki no umie [To the sea of sounds]. Tokyo: Ongaku-notomo-sha. Kai, M. (2012). Creating music based on the 'Sea-motif' of Toru ...

Creativity in Music Education

This book creates a platform for music educators to share their experience and expertise in creative music teaching and learning with the international community. It presents research studies and practices that are original and representative of music education in the Japanese, Asian and international communities. It also collects substantial literature on music education research in Japan and other Asian societies, enabling English-speaking readers to access excellent research and practical experiences in non-English societies.

Silence Music Silent Music

32 Töru Takemitsu, Confronting Silence: Selected Writings, trans, and ed. Yoshiko Kakudo and Glenn Glasow (Berkeley, CA: Fallen Leaf Press, 1995), 17. I am indebted to Noriko Ogawa for her evocative explanations of Takemitsu and his ...

 Silence  Music  Silent Music

The contributions in this volume focus on the ways in which silence and music relate, contemplate each other and provide new avenues for addressing and gaining understanding of various realms of human endeavour. The book maps out this little-explored aspect of the sonic arena with the intention of defining the breadth of scope and to introduce interdisciplinary paths of exploration as a way forward for future discourse. Topics addressed include the idea of 'silent music' in the work of English philosopher Peter Sterry and Spanish Jesuit St John of the Cross; the apparently paradoxical contemplation of silence through the medium of music by Messiaen and the relationship between silence and faith; the aesthetics of Susan Sontag applied to Cage's idea of silence; silence as a different means of understanding musical texture; ways of thinking about silences in music produced during therapy sessions as a form of communication; music and silence in film, including the idea that music can function as silence; and the function of silence in early chant. Perhaps the most all-pervasive theme of the book is that of silence and nothingness, music and spirituality: a theme that has appeared in writings on John Cage but not, in a broader sense, in scholarly writing. The book reveals that unexpected concepts and ways of thinking emerge from looking at sound in relation to its antithesis, encompassing not just Western art traditions, but the relationship between music, silence, the human psyche and sociological trends - ultimately, providing deeper understanding of the elemental places both music and silence hold within world philosophies and fundamental states of being. Silence, Music, Silent Music will appeal to those working in the fields of musicology, psychology of religion, gender studies, aesthetics and philosophy.

Analyses of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Music 1940 2000

27] _T_ TAKEMITSU, TORU (1930—1996) 8147. Gibson, James Robert. “Toru Takemitsu: A Survey of His Music with an Analysis of Three Works.” D.M.A. diss., Cornell University, 1979. [Landscape, Masque, Requiem] 8148. Koozin, Timothy.

Analyses of Nineteenth  and Twentieth Century Music  1940 2000

This new volume incorporates all entries from the previous editions by Arthur Wenk, expanding to cover writings drawn from periodicals, theses, dissertations, books, and Festschriften from 1940 to 2000. Over 9,000 references to analyses of works by over 1,000 composers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries are included.

Locating East Asia in Western Art Music

CHAPTER ELEVEN Tõru Takemitsu , on Sawari 業 TRANSLATED AND ANNOTATED BY HUGH DE FERRANTI AND YAYOI UNO EVERETT I wish to address the problems that Japanese music presents for Western music . One hundred years ago , when Japanese people ...

Locating East Asia in Western Art Music

Bringing together work by music theorists, musicologists and ethnomusicologists, this book explores how musical notions of East and West are constructed and utilized by composers. It re-evaluates the many ways East Asian composers have contributed to developments in 20th-century music.