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Toru Takemitsu

Largely self-taught, worked with the Experimental Workshop in Tokyo in early '50s. Guitarist, pianist. Received Italia Prize in 1958. Influenced by John Cage, jazz, serialism, Debussy, ancient Japanese music, and many world cultures. Unique polyrhythmic and open scoring methods combined with traditional Western notation. First combinations of Western orchestra with traditional Japanese instruments and Gagaku ensembles. Filmscores include Woman in the Dunes (1964), Dode'skaden (1970), Ran (1985), Kwaidan (1964), Under the Cherry Blossoms (1975), Empire of Passion (1978). ~ "Blue" Gene Tyranny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Ran (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Title: Ran, Film Score

1. Ran, Film Score: Suite Pt. 1

2. Ran, Film Score: Suite Pt. 2

3. Ran, Film Score: Opening Credits (Main Title)

4. Ran, Film Score: Kyouami / The First Castle / The Brave General's Bow

5. Ran, Film Score: The Flute Orchestra

6. Ran, Film Score: The Buddhist Praying Temple / The Last 110,000 And Hidetora / The Fury Of Ootemon / The Second Castle

7. Ran, Film Score: Hell's Picture Scroll

8. Ran, Film Score: The Crimson Citadel / Surrendering The Castle (Desert Of Madness)

9. Ran, Film Score: Tsurumaru's Flute / Azusa Castle In Ruins

10. Ran, Film Score: Saburou's Army Arrives / Departing For The Front

11. Ran, Film Score: Endless Hell / Escape

12. Ran, Film Score: Tension In Yahatabara / Assault

13. Ran, Film Score: The Battle Of Yawatano

14. Ran, Film Score: Lamentation / Chaos In The First Castle - Ujigabana / Illusions In The Sky

15. Ran, Film Score: Attendance At The Funeral / Flute Of Darkness

16. Ran, Film Score: Ending Credits

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Track List: Asian Music for String Quartet

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Track List: Japanese Piano Works

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Track List: Solo per Flauto

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Track List: Takemitsu: Piano Music

1. Romance

2. I. Adagio

3. II. Lento Misteriosamente

4. I. Slowly, Sadly And As If To Converse With

5. II. Quietly And With A Cruel Reverberation

6. III. A Song Of Love

7. Piano Distance

8. For Away

9. Les Yeux Clos

10. Les Yeux Clos II

11. Rain Tree Sketch

12. Rain Tree Sketch II

13. No. 1. Breeze

14. No. 2. Clouds

15. I. Adagio

16. II. Lento Misterioso

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Track List: Toru Takemitsu: Quotation of Dream (20/21 series) - London Sinfonietta / Oliver Knussen

Title: Signals From Heaven, 2 Antiphonal Fantasies For Brass Ensemble

1. Signals From Heaven, 2 Antiphonal Fantasies For Brass Ensemble: Day Signal

Title: Quotation Of Dream -- Say Sea, Take Me!, For 2 Pianos & Orchestra

2. Quotation Of Dream -- Say Sea, Take Me!, For 2 Pianos & Orchestra: Quotation Of Dream

Title: How Slow The Wind, For Orchestra

3. How Slow The Wind, For Orchestra: How Slow The Wind, For Orchestra

Title: Twill By Twilight, For Orchestra

4. Twill By Twilight, For Orchestra: Twill By Twilight (In Memory Of Morton Feldman) For Orchestra

Title: Archipelago S., For 21 Players

5. Archipelago S., For 21 Players: Archipelago S.

Title: Dream/Window, For Orchestra

6. Dream/Window, For Orchestra: Dream / Window

Title: Signals From Heaven, 2 Antiphonal Fantasies For Brass Ensemble

7. Signals From Heaven, 2 Antiphonal Fantasies For Brass Ensemble: Night Signal

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One of the very best composers of the late 20th century, with a unique voice, and total mastery of orchestral timbre. Just wonderful.
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Bio:Sweet Dissonance, discovered by Igor Stravinsky
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