Toru Takemitsu


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Toru Takemitsu (1930) wed the western aesthetics of impressionism and expressionism with the eastern aesthetic of meditation and contemplation. The resulting synthesis was an elegant exploration of musical chromatism, with little or no interest for dynamics. His compositions include: Requiem for strings (1959), Towards the Rainbow (1964), Eclipse (1966) for biwa and shakuhachi, November Steps (1967) for biwa, shakuhachi and orchestra, Cassiopeia (1971) for orchestra and percussionist, Autumn (1973) for biwa, shakuhachi and orchestra, A Flock Descends Into The Pentagonal Garden (1977) for orchestra, Raintree (1981), typical of his obsession for water, To The Edge Of Dream (1983) for guitar and orchestra, the romantic suite Nostalgia (1987) for violin and orchestra, Tree-line (1988) for chamber orchestra, From Me Flows What You Call Time (1990) for percussion quintet and orchestra. (Translation by/ Tradotto da Aria Congedo)

Toru Takemitsu (1930) coniug˛ l'estetica occidentale dell'impressionismo e dell'espressionismo con l'estetica orientale della meditazione e della contemplazione. La sintesi conseguente fu un'elegante esplorazione del cromatismo musicale, con interesse limitato o totalmente assente per la dinamica. Le sue composizioni includono: Requiem per archi (1959), Towards the Rainbow (1964), Eclipse (1966) per biwa e shakuhachi, November Steps (1967) per biwa, shakuhachi e orchestra, Cassiopea (1971) per percussione solo ed orchestra , Autumn ( 1973) per biwa, shakuhachi e orchestra, A Flock Descends Into The Pentagonal Garden (1977) per orchestra, Raintree (1981), tipico della sua ossessione per l'acqua, To The Edge Of Dream (1983) per chitarra e orchestra, la suite romantica Nostalgia (1987) per violino e orchestra, Tree-line (1988) per orchestra da camera, From Me Flows What You Call Time (1990) per quintetto di percussioni e orchestra.

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