Toru Takemitsu

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... read moreLargely 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...

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Les Yeux Clos
Toru Takemitsu
6:53
Romance
Toru Takemitsu
4:42
Piano Pieces For Children: Clouds
Toru Takemitsu
1:47
Rain Tree Sketch
Toru Takemitsu
4:22
Rain Tree Sketch Ii, In Memoriam Olivier Messiaen
Toru Takemitsu
3:57

Biography

Active: 1950s-1990s
Country Of origin: Japan

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~ Rovi

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