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The Music of Toru Takemitsu


  • 134 music examples
  • Page extent: 308 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.486 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521026956 | ISBN-10: 0521026954)

Toru Takemitsu (1930–1996) 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 composer's 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 composer's work to appear in English. It is also the first book in this language to offer an in-depth analysis of his music. Takemitsu's 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.

• First complete study of Takemitsu's work to appear in English • First to offer in-depth analysis of Takemitsu's music • Takemitsu is a Japanese composer, increasingly popular with Western audiences


Acknowledgements; Notes on conventions; Introduction; 1. Pre-history: how Western music came to Japan; 2. Music and 'pre-music': Takemitsu's early years; 3. Experimental workshop: the years of Jikken Kobo; 4. The Requiem and its reception; 5. Projections onto a Western mirror; 6. 'Cage shock' and after; 7. Projections onto an Eastern mirror; 8. Modernist apogee: the early 1970s; 9. Descent into the pentagonal garden; 10. Towards the sea of tonality: the works of the 1980s; 11. Beyond the far calls: the final years; 12. Swimming in the ocean that has no West or East; Notes; List of Takemitsu's work; Bibliography; Index.


'… this is an insightful book which provides the materials for a richer understanding of this intriguing composer.' The Wire

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