Toru Takemitsu

Biography

Born: October 8, 1931; Japan   Died: February 20, 1996; Japan   Period: 20th Century
Toru Takemitsu (1931-1996) was a self-taught Japanese composer who combined elements of Eastern and Western music and philosophy to create a unique sound world. Some of his early influences were the sonorities of Debussy, and Messiaen's use of nature imagery and modal scales. There is a certain influence of Webern in Takemitsu's use of silence, and Cage in his compositional philosophy, but his overall style is uniquely his own. Takemitsu Read more believed in music as a means of ordering or contextualizing everyday sound in order to make it meaningful or comprehensible. His philosophy of "sound as life" lay behind his incorporation of natural sounds, as well as his desire to juxtapose and reconcile opposing elements such as Orient and Occident, sound and silence, and tradition and innovation. From the beginning, Takemitsu wrote highly experimental music involving improvisation, graphic notation, unusual combinations of instruments and recorded sounds. The result is music of great beauty and originality. It is usually slowly paced and quiet, but also capable of great intensity. The variety, quantity and consistency of Takemitsu's output are remarkable considering that he never worked within any kind of conventional framework or genre. In addition to the several hundred independent works of music, he scored over ninety films and published twenty books.

Takemitsu had no important teachers, and his musical career really began with the formation of the Jikken Kobo (Experimental Workshop) to promote and perform mixed-media art works. It was Stravinsky's acclaim of the Requiem for strings in 1959 that launched Takemitsu's international career. The next few years produced a wide variety of works including Takemitsu's prolific film work, and numerous new music concerts and festivals that culminated in 1967 with a commission for the 125th anniversary of the New York Philharmonic. By this time, Takemitsu had begun using traditional Japanese instruments in his music. November Steps is one of his most successful combinations of Eastern and Western music; Takemitsu's style was created from, and rooted in both. Takemitsu's international fame skyrocketed after this premiere, flooding him with commissions and honors that established him as one of the most influential Japanese composers of the century. Read less

Takemitsu: Toward The Sea, Rain Tree, Rain Spell, Bryce
Release Date: 09/23/2003   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8555859   Number of Discs: 1
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Japanese Classics - Takemitsu: Piano Music / Fukuma
Release Date: 09/25/2007   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570261   Number of Discs: 1
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Japanese Guitar Music, Vol. 1 - Takemitsu, Brouwer / Shin-ichi Fukada
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 573153   Number of Discs: 1
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    Mysteries / Hofele
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 18499 Release Date: 02/02/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  György Ligeti,  André Jolivet,  Toshio Hosokawa,  Iain Hamilton  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Höfele,  Eriko Takezawa,  Kai Strobel
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    Brahms, Takemitsu & Beethoven: Piano Trios / Trio Isimsiz
    Label: Rubicon   Catalog: 1013 Release Date: 12/15/2017  
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Toru Takemitsu,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Isimsiz
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    Shelter from the Storm / Ramirez
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1701 Release Date: 12/08/2017  
    Composer:  Toru Takemitsu,  Sigfrid Karg-Elert,  André Jolivet,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Catherine Ramirez
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    Encores / Nosbaum
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38236 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sergei Bortkiewicz,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Francis Poulenc  ... 
    Performer:  Romain Nosbaum
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    Gold / The King's Singers
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 500 Release Date: 11/03/2017   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Robert Chilcott,  John Lennon,  Frances,  Kidjo Angelique  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
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    Boston Symphony Orchestra: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797718 Release Date: 10/20/2017   Number of Discs: 57
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Alexander Scriabin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Zukofsky,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Teresa Berganza  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  William Steinberg,  Rafael Kubelik  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Chamber Players
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    Duo Cantando / Mika & Richard Stoltzman
    Label: Savoy Jazz   Catalog: 16167 Release Date: 06/23/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bill Douglas,  Chick Corea,  Toru Takemitsu,  William Thomas McKinley  ... 
    Performer:  Mika Stoltzman,  Richard Stoltzman,  Chick Corea,  Charles Dimmick
    Conductor:  Gil Rose
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    Richard Stoltzman: The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985389642 Release Date: 05/05/2017   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Olivier Messiaen,  Johannes Brahms,  Igor Stravinsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Stoltzman,  Jeremy Wall,  Bill Douglas,  Eddie Gomez  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Stoltzman,  Lawrence Leighton Smith,  Robert Salter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Woody Herman & His Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Tashi  ... 
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  • 9.
    Landcapes / Schumann Quartett
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 0300836 Release Date: 04/28/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Toru Takemitsu,  Béla Bartók,  Arvo Pärt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schumann Quartett
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    Signals from Heaven / Salaputia Brass
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 97725 Release Date: 03/17/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Giovanni Gabrieli,  George Gershwin,  Traditional  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salaputia Brass
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    Ins Offene: Piano Music of Modern Age / Skouras
    Label: Neos   Catalog: 11610 Release Date: 02/24/2017  
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Olivier Messiaen,  Karlheinz Stockhausen,  Pascal Dusapin  ... 
    Performer:  Andreas Skouras
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    Calligraphy, Vol. 2: Japan / Schleiermacher
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 6131980 Release Date: 12/02/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Toshio Hosokawa,  Toru Takemitsu,  Keijiro Satoh,  Seiichi Inagaki  ... 
    Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher
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  • 13.
    Japanese Guitar Music, Vol. 3 / Fukuda, Watani
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573595 Release Date: 11/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Toru Takemitsu,  Hikaru Hayashi,  Yoichi Togawa,  Michio Kitazume  ... 
    Performer:  Shin-ichi Fukuda,  Yasuo Watani
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  • 14.
    Debussy: String Quartet - Takemitsu: Nostalghia / Scottish Ensemble
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 512 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Toru Takemitsu
    Performer:  Amira Bedrush-McDonald,  Emily Nenniger,  Laura Comini,  Alastair Savage  ... 
    Conductor:  Jonathan Morton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble
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  • 15.
    Water / Helene Grimaud (Limited Edition)
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002483102 Release Date: 06/03/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luciano Berio,  Nitin Sawhney,  Toru Takemitsu,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Hélčne Grimaud,  Nitin Sawhney
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  • 16.
    Simon Rattle & His Soloists: The CBSO Years
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555058 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Cécile Ousset,  Nigel Kennedy,  Lynn Harrell,  Marielle Labčque  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta
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    Water / Grimaud [Deluxe Digipack]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002442702 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luciano Berio,  Nitin Sawhney,  Toru Takemitsu,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Hélčne Grimaud,  Nitin Sawhney
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  • 18.
    Water / Helene Grimaud [Transparent Vinyl 2 LP]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: B002442901 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Luciano Berio,  Nitin Sawhney,  Toru Takemitsu,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Hélčne Grimaud,  Nitin Sawhney
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  • 19.
    Another Troy For Her
    Label: Contrastes   Catalog: CR201505 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Toru Takemitsu,  Nicholas Maw
    Performer:  Thomas Csaba
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  • 20.
    In The Beginning
    Label: Contrastes   Catalog: CR201504 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Juan Manén,  Simone Iannarelli,  Dusan Bogdanovic,  Gerard Drozd  ... 
    Performer:  Zoran Dukic
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  • 21.
    Japanese Guitar Music, Vol. 2
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573457 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hiroshi Hara,  Akira Miyoshi,  Shin-Ichiro Ikebe,  Toshio Hosokawa  ... 
    Performer:  Shin-ichi Fukuda
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  • 22.
    Blackwattle Caprices
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 77017 Release Date: 01/05/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Malats,  Sir William Walton,  Toru Takemitsu,  Kathleen Brennan  ... 
    Performer:  Jacob Cordover
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  • 23.
    Distance
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 99073 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luciano Berio,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Toru Takemitsu,  Benedetto Marcello  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo FugARTo
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  • 24.
    Flute Voyage
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 99084 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Carl Reinecke,  Jean Françaix,  Toru Takemitsu  ... 
    Performer:  Birgit Ramsl,  Vito Lattarulo
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  • 25.
    Pictures / Tao
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552763 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Conrad Tao,  Elliott Carter,  Toru Takemitsu  ... 
    Performer:  Conrad Tao
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