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The Music of Toru Takemitsu

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Part of Music in the Twentieth Century

  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521026956

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  • This book is the first complete study in English of the work of the best-known Japanese composer of the twentieth century. It is also the first book in this language to offer an in-depth analysis of his music. T^D-oru 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
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    "Burt's work is a model of modernistic clarity, it is limited in scope and chronological in organization; its parts are clearly articulated, and its language is translucent." CHOICE

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    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521026956
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 170 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.486kg
    • contains: 134 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Notes on conventions
    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
    List of Takemitsu's work

  • Author

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

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