Saturday, June 05, 2010

Takemitsu's Music

I just came across the works of Toru Takemitsu...and the 'power of silence'.

Sounds so profoundly soothing, and at times, so deeply disturbing that it is hard to believe it was created by somebody who was never formally trained in any form of music!


Six-Part Documentary on Takemitsu's Soundtrack (YouTube)

BBC Documentary: Greatest Composers of the World

Wikipedia - Toru Takemitsuōru_Takemitsu

The Got-to-hear list:

Forest String Orchestra

Kwaidan (1964) - Directed by Masaki Kobayashi
Samurai Rebellion ( ) - Masaki Kobayashi

Youth of Japan (1968) - Masaki Kobayashi

Tokyo Trails (1982) - 1 hr documentary by Masaki Kobayashi...just 9 minutes of musical score!

Black Rain (1989) - Shohei Imamura

Under the Cherry Blossoms (1975) - Masahiro Shinoda

Himatsuri (1984) - Mitsuo Yanagimachi

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