Tōru Takemitsu pronounced [takeꜜmitsɯ̥ toːɾɯ] was a Japanese composer and writer on Toru Takemitsu: Air, John McMurtery, flute; Toru Takemitsu: Voice, John McMurtery, flute; Toru Takemitsu: Guitar, Shin-Ichi Fukuda, guitar. More by Toru Takemitsu. Takemitsu: Complete Works for Piano · 武満徹:管弦楽曲 集 · Takemitsu: Music For Orchestra ( Years Of Classical Music, Vol. 96). Air () by Toru Takemitsu for flute. Takemitsu’s last composition, Air for solo flute (), was dedicated to the great Swiss flutist Aurèle Nicolet on the.

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Now my concern is mostly to find out what there is in common Initially, Takemitsu had great difficulty in uniting these instruments from such different musical cultures taekmitsu one work.

The mood soon becomes more introverted, with little sighing figures and an occasional flighty gesture.

Toru Takemitsu – Wikipedia

The notes become longer, and an extended lyricism pervades the work until we hear the motif repeated boldly twice at the end, with both of the repetitions at an equal dynamic level as if the two voices had succeeded in finding each other.

Takemitsu was posthumously awarded the fourth Glenn Gould Prize in Autumn, Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. The significance of this work is revealed in its far greater integration of the traditional Japanese instruments into the orchestral discourse; whereas in November Stepsthe two contrasting instrumental ensembles perform largely in alternation, with only a few moments of contact.


She first met Toru incared for him when he was suffering from tuberculosis in his early twenties, then married him in In the foreword to a selection of Takemitsu’s writings in English, conductor Seiji Ozawa writes: Masahiro Shinoda Pale Flowerdir. By this time, Takemitsu’s incorporation of traditional Japanese and other Eastern musical traditions with his Western style had become much more integrated.

For Takemitsu, as he explained later in a lecture inone performance of Japanese traditional music stood out:.

The Toru Takemitsu Composition Award, intended to “encourage a younger generation of composers who will shape the coming age through their takemiitsu musical works”, is named after him. Retrieved from ” https: A series of ascending arcs follows. Moderne bis This is evident in works such as November Stepsthat combine traditional Japanese instruments, shakuhachi and biwawith a conventional Western orchestra.

I began [writing] music attracted to music itself as one human being. Experiments and works that incorporated traditional Japanese musical ideas ai language continued to appear in his output, and an increased interest in the traditional Japanese garden began to reflect itself in works such as In an Autumn Garden for gagaku orchestraand A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Takemitwu for orchestra Comparison of Green for orchestra, and A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden quickly reveals the seeds of this change.

Toru Takemitsu

He expressed his unusual stance toward compositional theory early on, his lack of respect for the “trite rules of music, rules that are Western music and Japan up to “. His Requiem for string orchestra attracted international attention, led to several commissions from across the world and established his reputation as one of the leading 20th-century Japanese composers.


A series of ascending melodic arcs follow, and the motif is extended and then fragmented. This time it is expanded through arpeggios.

Toru Takemitsu – Air For Flute

This left a “deep impression” on Takemitsu: Composed inAir for flute solo, lasting slightly over six minutes, is Takemitsu ‘s last completed work. Yoshiko Kakudo and Glen Glasgow, Berkeley,— In the late s chance brought Takemitsu international attention: I try to extend his feelings with my music.

InTakemitsu met Tqkemitsu in New York, and during “what was to be a one-hour ‘lesson’ [but which] lasted three hours Takemitsu’s contribution to film music was considerable; in under 40 years he composed music for over films, [83] some of which were written for purely financial reasons such as those written for Noboru Nakamura.

The notes become longer and more sustained.

Takemitsu expressed this change in attitude:. Music in the period of Westernization: