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Music of Toru Takemitsu

ISBN-10: 0521026954

ISBN-13: 9780521026956

Edition: 2006

Authors: Peter Burt, Arnold Whittall

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Toru Takemitsu (19301996) was the best-known Japanese composer of his generation, bringing aspects of Eastern and Western traditions together, yet he remained something of an elusive figure. The composers own commentaries about his music, poetic and philosophical in tone, have tended to deepen the mystery and much writing on Takemitsu to date has adopted a similar attitude, leaving many questions about his compositional methods unanswered. This book is the first complete study of the composers work to appear in English. It is also the first book in this language to offer an in-depth analysis of his music. Takemitsus works are increasingly popular with Western audiences and Peter Burt attempts for the first time to shed light on the hitherto rather secretive world of his working methods, as well as place him in context as heir to the rich tradition of Japanese composition in the twentieth century.
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Book details

List price: $77.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/2/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 308
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Peter Burt is Vice-Chairman of the Takemitsu Society in the United Kingdom and editor of the Takemitsu Society Newsletter.

Acknowledgements
Notes on conventions
Introduction
Pre-history: how Western music came to Japan
Music and 'pre-music': Takemitsu's early years
Experimental workshop: the years of Jikken Kobo
The Requiem and its reception
Projections onto a Western mirror
'Cage shock' and after
Projections onto an Eastern mirror
Modernist apogee: the early 1970s
Descent into the pentagonal garden
Towards the sea of tonality: the works of the 1980s
Beyond the far calls: the final years
Swimming in the ocean that has no West or East
Notes
List of Takemitsu's work
Bibliography
Index