Born: October 19, 1912
Died: August 13, 1991
Period: 20th Century
A prominent Japanese composer who embraced a sharply contrasted style following World War II. After the war, Kazuo Yamada turned away from large orchestral works to concentrate on conducting and composing intimate songs.
According to Naxos, [His] "compositional style reflects diverse influences from Richard Strauss, Béla Bartók, Paul Hindemith, and 20th-century French music. He always expressed interest inRead more avant-garde methods of the day such as Expressionism and the Neue Sachlichkeit (The New Objectivity). Importantly, however, his most significant influence was Mahler’s music, which can probably be ascribed to his study with Klaus Pringsheim, one of Mahler’s pupils. Yamada once confessed that Mahler was “the man for whom I feel the strongest affinity and sympathy”. -
Kazuo Yamada is not related to the earlier, late-romantic styled Japanese composer and conductor, Kosaku Yamada. Read less