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Tōru Takemitsu (1930-1996)

Toru Takemitsu composerTōru Takemitsu was one of Japan's greatest composers and a seminal figure in modern composition. Central to the development of East/West music, he forged a style all his own; a dark and mysterious blend of Eastern and Western music and instrumentation, influenced by the likes of Debussy, Messiaen, serialism, and Japanese traditional music. Winner of numerous major awards and commissions, Takemitsu was also well known in Japan as a film composer, and has scored nearly a hundred films. Takemitsu is today the inspiration for a new generation of composers searching for a fresh language that utilizes both Western ritual and Eastern tradition.
-  The Modern Word

COMPOSITIONS                                         Takemitsu Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre     ~ ~ ~     Film Scores
Romance, piano (1949)
Lento in due movimenti, piano (1950)
Distance de fee, violin and piano (1951; rev. 1989)
(At the Circus) Sakasu rite, piano (1952)
Sayounara, chorus (1954)
(Chamber Concerto) Shitsunai kyosokyoku, 13 instruments (1955)
In a Small Room, chorus (1955)
Relief statique, tape (1955)
Ginrin (Bicycle in Dream), film score (1955)
Vocalism A-I, tape (1956)
(Tree Sky Bird) Ki sora tori, tape (1956)
Yūridisu (Eurydice), tape (1956)
Kurutta kajitsu (Crazed Fruit), film score (1956)
Red and Green/Midnight Visitor, film score (1956)                                                                      ~ top of page ~
The Rainy Season, film score (1956)
Clap Vocalism, tape (1956-57)
Requiem, string orchestra (1957)
Dialogue, tape (1957)
Cloudburst, film score (1957)
Solitude son ore, orchestra (1958)
Tableau noir, speaker and chamber orchestra (1958)
I Just Sing, chorus (1958)
(Sky, Horse and Death) Sora, uma, soshite shi, tape (1958)
The Country Boss, film score (1958)
Scene, cello and string orchestra (1959)
(Uninterrupted Rests) Saegirarenai kjiisoku, I-III, piano (1952, 1959)
Waiting for Spring, film score (1959)
Dangerous Trip/Vagabond Lovers, film score (1959)
Joking/Love Letters, film score (1959)
Jose Torres, film score (1959)
Le son calligraphie I, III, 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos (1958-60)
Masque, 2 flutes (1959-60)
Landscape, string quartet (1960)
A Song of Circles and Triangles, chorus (1960)
All That the Man Left Behind When He Died, chorus (1960)
Quiet Design, tape (1960)
(Water Music) Mizu no kyoku, tape (1960)
Kawaita mizummi (Youth in Fury/Dry Lake), film score (1960)
(Music of Trees) Ki no kyoku, orchestra (1961)
Ring, flute, guitar and lute (1961)
The Game of Love, chorus (1961)
A Song of circles and triangles, chorus (1961)
Piano Distance, piano (1961)
Furyo shonen (Bad Boys/Cheap, Sweet and a Kid), film score (1961)                                    ~ top of page ~
Mozu (The Shrikes), film score (1961)
(Coral Island) Kansho, soprano and orchestra (1962)
Arc, strings (1962)
Corona II, strings (1962)
(Corona for pianist(s)) Pianisuto no tame no Corona, piano (1962)
Sacrifice, alto flute, lute and vibraphone (1962)
Crossing, piano (1962)
Small Sky, chorus (1962)
Otoshiana (The Pitfall/Cheap, Sweet and a Kid), film score (1962)
Seppuku (Harakiri), film score (1962)
Ratai (The Body), film score (1962)
Amour Ó vingt ans, L' (Love at Twenty), film score (1962)
Atami Blues, film score (1962)
Namida o shishi no tategami ni (Tears on the Lion's Mane), film score (1962)
Unseen Child, chorus (1963)
La Neige, chorus (1963)
A Marvelous Kid, chorus (1963)
Te o tsunagu kora (Children Hand in Hand), film score (1963)
Koto (Twin Sisters of Kyoto), film score (1963)
Subarashii akujo (Wonderful Bad Woman), film score (1963)
Shiro to kuro (White and Black), film score (1963)
Kanojo to kare (She and He), film score (1963)
Taiheiyo hitori-botchi (The Enemy, the Sea/Alone on the Pacific), film score (1963)
Natsukashino San Francisco (Longed-for San Francisco), tape (1964)
Seishun no ishibumi (The Tomb of Youth), television score (1964)
Jotai (The Call of Flesh), film score (1964)
Kawaita hana (Pale Flower), film score (1964)
Love, film score (1964)
Nihon dasshutsu (Escape from Japan), film score (1964)
Suna no onna (Woman in the Dunes), film score (1964)                                                           ~ top of page ~
Ansatsu (The Assassin), film score (1964)
Kaidan (Kwaidan/Ghost Stories/Horror Story), film score (1964)
21 Year Old Father/Our Happiness Alone, film score (1964)
The Female Body, film score (1964)
Valeria, 2 piccolos, violin, cello, guitar, electric organ (1965)
In the Month of March, chorus (1965)
All that the Man left behind when he died, chorus (1965)
Last Judgement, film score (1965)
Jose Torres II, film score (1965)
Ako (White Morning), film score (1965)
Saig˘ no shinpan, film score (1965)
Ibun Sarutobi Sasuke (Samurai Spy), film score (1965)
Bwana Toshi no uta (The Song of the Bwana Toshi), film score (1965)
Utsukushisa to kanashimi to (With Beauty and Sorrow), film score (1965)
Kemonomichi (Beast Alley), film score (1965)
(Wind Horse) Kaze no uma, chorus (1961-66)
Arc I: I. Pile, II. Solitude, III. Your love and the crossing, piano and orchestra (1963-66; rev. 1976)
Arc II: I. Textures, II. Reflection, III. Coda … Shall begin from the end, piano and orch (1964-66; rev. 1976)
(Dorian Horizon) Chiheisen no doria, 17 strings (1966)
(Elegy) Hika, violin and piano (1966)
Eclipse, biwa and shakuhachi (1966)
Waltz, chorus (1966)
Yotsuya kaidan (Illusion of Blood), film score (1966)
Ki no kawa (The River Kino/The Kii River), film score (1966)
Shokei no shima (Captive's Island), film score (1966)
Tanin no kao (The Face of Another/Stranger's Face), film score (1966)
Akogare (Longing/Once a Rainy Day), film score (1966)
Green, orchestra (1967)
November Steps, biwa, shakuhachi and orchestra (1967)
10th Step (Variation) from November Steps, biwa, shakuhachi and orchestra (1967)
Asterism, piano and orchestra (1967)
Akane-gumo (Clouds at Sunset), film score (1967)                                                                    ~ top of page ~
Izu no odoriko, film score (1967)
J˘i-uchi: Hairy˘ tsuma shimatsu (Rebellion: Receive the Wife), film score (1967)
Midaregumo (Two in the Shadow), film score (1967)
Cross Talk, 2 bandoneon and tape (1968)
The Encounter, chorus (1968)
Meguri-ai (Two Hearts in the Rain), film score (1968)
Hatsukoi: Jigoku-hen (The Inferno of First Love), film score (1968)
Moetsukita chizu (The Ruined Map), film score (1968)
Nihon no seishun (Hymn to a Tired Man), film score (1968)
Stanza I, female voice, guitar, piano/celeste, harp and vibraphone (1969)
Kyoto, film score (1969)
Shinjű: Ten no amijima (Double Suicide), film score (1969)
Dankon (Bullet Wound), film score (1969)
Eucalypts I, flute, oboe, harp and string orchestra (1970)
(Seasons) Shiki, 4 percussionists (1 perc, tape) (1970)
Years of Ears (What is Music?), tape (1970)
Tokyo senso sengo hiwa (He Died After the War), film score (1970)
Dodes'ka-den (Clickety-Clack), film score (1970)
Crossing, piano, celeste, vibraphone, guitar, harp, female chorus, 2 orchestra (1971)
Cassiopeia, percussion and orchestra (1971)
(Winter) Fuyu, orchestra (1971)
Eucalypts II, flute, oboe and harp (1971)
Stanza II, harp and tape (1971)
Toward, tape (1971)
Voice, flute (1971)
Chinmoku (Silence), film score (1971)
Gishiki (The Ceremony), film score (1971)
Inochi b˘ ni fur˘ (At the Risk of My Life/Inn of Evil), film score (1971)
Munari by Munari, percussion (1967-72)                                                                                       ~ top of page ~
Distance, oboe and sho ad lib. (1972)
Natsu no imoto (Dear Summer Sister), film score (1972)
Sama soruja (Summer Soldiers), film score (1972)
(Autumn) Aki, biwa, shakuhachi and orchestra (1973)
(In an Autumn Garden) Shiiteika, gagaku (1973)
(Voyage) Tabi, 3 biwa (1973)
For away, piano (1973)
Seigen-ki (Time Within Memory), film score (1973)
Kaseki no mori (The Petrified Forest), film score (1973)
Gitimalya – Bouquet of Songs, marimba and orchestra (1974)
Folios, guitar (1974)
Garden Rain, brass ensemble (1974)
Himiko, film score (1974)
Shiawase, film score (1974)
Mirai e no Isan (Legacy to the Future) - series, television score (1974)
Quatrain, clarinet, violin, cello and piano (1975)
Le fils des etoiles, flute, harp and piano (1975) [arr. of work of Erik Satie]
Sakura no mori no mankai no shita (Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees), film score (1975)
Kaseki (The Fossil), film score (1975)
Marginalia, orchestra (1976)
Bryce, flute, 2 harps, 2 percussionists (1976)
Waves, clarinet, horn, 2 trombones, bass drum (1976)
(A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden) Tori wa hoshigata no niwa ni oriru, orchestra (1977)
Quatrain II, clarinet, violin, cello and piano (1977)
(12 Songs for Guitar) Gita no tame no jiini no uta, guitar (1974,1977)
Hanare goze Orin (Ballad of Orin), film score (1977)
Waterways, clarinet, violin, cello and piano (1978)
Glowing Autumn, chorus (1978)
Ai no borei (Empire of Passion/In the Realm of Passion), film score (1978)                         ~ top of page ~
(In an Autumn Garden) Shiiteika, gagaku (1979) [complete version]
Les yeux clos, piano (1979)
Piano pieces for children: I. Breeze, II. Clouds, piano (1979)
Moeru aki (Glowing Autumn), film score (1979)
(Far Calls, Coming, Far!) Toi yobigoe no kantata e!, violin and orchestra (1980)
Tempyo no iraka (Ocean to Cross), film score (1980)
Cosmos, television score (1980) [unknown episodes]
(Dreamtime) Yume no toki, orchestra (1981)
A Way a Lone, string quartet (1981)
A Way a Lone II, string orchestra (1981)
(Toward the Sea) Umi e, alto flute and guitar (1981)
(Toward the Sea II) Umi e II, alto flute, harp and string orchestra (1981)
(Rain Tree) Ame no ki, 3 percussioists (1981)
Yumechiyo Nikki (Yumechiyo's Journey), TV mini-series score (1981)
Rennyo to sono haha, film score (1981)
Star-Isle, orchestra (1982)
(Rain Coming) Arne zo furu, chamber orchestra (1982)
(Rain Spell) Arne no jumon, flute, clarinet, harp, piano and vibraphone (1982)
Cross Hatch, percussion (1982)
(Rain Tree Sketch) Arne no ki, piano (1982)
(Grass) Shibafu, male chorus (1982)
Wings, chorus (1982)
(To the Edge of Dream) Yume no heri e, guitar and orchestra (1983)
(From Far Beyond Chrysanthemums and November Fog) jiiichigatsu no kiri to …, violin and piano (1983)
(Rocking Mirror Daybreak) Yureru kagami no yoake, 2 violins (1983)
The Last Waltz, guitar (1983)
To the Island, chorus (1983)
Tokyo saiban (Tokyo Trial), film score (1983)
Vers, l'arc-en-ciel, Palma, guitar, oboe d'amore and orchestra (1984)
(Orion and Pleiades) Orion to Pureadesu, cello and orchestra (1984)
Riverrun, piano and orchestra (1984)
Orion, cello and piano (1984)
Wavelength, tape (1984)                                                                                                                    ~ top of page ~
Antonio GaudÝ, film score (1984)
(Dream/Window) Yume mado, orchestra (1985)
Will Tomorrow, I wonder, be Cloudy or Clear?, chorus (1985)
Ran, film score (1985)
Hi-matsuri (Fire Festival), film score (1985)
Shokutaku no nai ie (The Empty Table/House without a Table), film score (1985)
A.K. (Kurosawa Akira), film score (1985)
Gemeaux, oboe, trombone and 2 orchestras (1971-86)
Entre-temps, oboe and string quartet (1986)
(Rain Dreaming) Ymemiru ame, harpsichord (1986)
(A Minneapolis Garden) Mineaporisu no niwa, tape (1986)
(The Sea is Still) Seijaku no umi, tape (1986)
Yari no gonza (Gonza the Spearman), film score (1986)
I Hear the Water Dreaming, flute and orchestra (1987)
Nostalghia: In Memory of Andrej Tarkovskij, violin and string orchestra (1987)
(All in Twilight: four pieces for guitar) Subete wa usuakari no naka de, guitar (1987)
A Boy Named Hiroshima, film score (1987)
A Boy Named Hiroshima, 2 guitar (1987)
Signals from Heaven - Two Antiphonal Fanfares: I. Day Signal, II. Night Signal, brass ensemble (1987)
(Handmade Proverbs - Four Pop Songs) Tezukuri korowaza, male voices (1987)
Twill by Twilight: In Memory of Morton Feldman, orchestra (1988)
Tree Line, chamber orchestra (1988)
Les yeux clos II, piano (1988)
Arashi ga oka (Onimaru/Wuthering Heights), film score (1988)
A String around Autumn, viola and orchestra (1989)
(Itinerant - In Memory of Isamu Noguchi) Meguri, flute (1989)
(Toward the Sea III) Umi e III, alto flute and harp (1989)
Litany - In Memory of Michael Vyner, piano (1989) [recomposition of Lento in due movimenti, 1950]
For the Whales, television score (1989)
Kuroi ame (Black Rain), film score (1989)                                                                                      ~ top of page ~
Rikyu, film score (1989)
Visions: I. Mystere, II. yeux clos, orchestra (1990)
My Way of Life: in Memory of Michael Vyner (R. Tamura), baritone, chorus and orchestra (1990)
From me flows what you call time, 5 percussionists and orchestra (1990)
Fantasma/Cantos I, clarinet and orchestra (1991)
How slow the wind, orchestra (1991)
(Quotation of Dream  - Say Sea, Take Me!) Yume no in'yo, 2 pianos and orchestra (1991)
A Piece for guitar - For the 60th birthday of Sylvano Bussotti  (1991)
The Inland Sea, film score (1991)
Furyo shonen (Bad Boy), 2 guitars (1961-92, ed. N. Sato)
Songs for mixed chorus (1979-92)
Ceremonial: an Autumn Ode, sho and orchestra (1992)
(Family Tree - Musical Verses for Young People) Keizu, narrator and orchestra (1992)
(And then I knew 'twas wind) Soshite, sore ga kaze de aru koto wo shitta, flute, viola and harp (1992)
(Rain Tree Sketch II) Arne no ki II, piano (1992)
Dream Window: Reflections on the Japanese Garden, film score (1992)
Goh-hime (Basara - The Princess Goh) , film score (1992)
(Archipelago S.) Gunto S., 21 players (1993)
Between Tides, violin, cello and piano (1993)
Equinox, guitar (1993)
Herbstlied, clarinet and string quartet (1993) [arr. of work of Tchaikovsky]
Rising Sun, film score (1993)
Fantasma/Cantos II, trombone and orchestra (1994)
(Spirit Garden) Seirei no niwa, orchestra (1994)
(Three Film Scores: Jose Torres; The Face of Another; Black Rain) Mirtsu no eiga ongaku, string orchestra (1994)
(A Bird Came Down the Walk) Tori ga michi ni orite kita, viola and piano (1994)
(Paths - In Memoriam of Witold Lutosławski) Michi, trumpet (1994)
Music for the Movies: Toru Takemitsu, film score (1994)                                                           ~ top of page ~
Spectral Canticle, violin, guitar and orchestra (1995)
Air, flute (1995)
(In the Woods: 3 pieces, guitar) Mori no naka de (1995)
All Alone, chorus (1995)
Yesterday's spot, chorus (1995)
Sharaku, film score (1995)


WORKS BY GENRE                                        Takemitsu  Links     ~ ~ ~     Film Scores     ~ top of page ~
Orchestra
Requiem, string orchestra (1957)
Solitude son ore, orchestra (1958)
Tableau noir, speaker and chamber orchestra (1958)
(Music of Trees) Ki no kyoku, orchestra (1961)
Arc, strings (1962)
Corona II, strings (1962)
(Dorian Horizon) Chiheisen no doria, 17 strings (1966)
Green, orchestra (1967)
Crossing, piano, celeste, vibraphone, guitar, harp, female chorus, 2 orchestra (1971)
(Winter) Fuyu, orchestra (1971)
Marginalia, orchestra (1976)
(A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden) Tori wa hoshigata no niwa ni oriru, orchestra (1977)
(Dreamtime) Yume no toki, orchestra (1981)
A Way a Lone II, string orchestra (1981)
Star-Isle, orchestra (1982)
(Rain Coming) Arne zo furu, chamber orchestra (1982)
(Dream/Window) Yume mado, orchestra (1985)
Twill by Twilight: In Memory of Morton Feldman, orchestra (1988)
Tree Line, chamber orchestra (1988)
Visions: I. Mystere, II. yeux clos, orchestra (1990)
How slow the wind, orchestra (1991)
(Family Tree - Musical Verses for Young People) Keizu, narrator and orchestra (1992)
(Spirit Garden) Seirei no niwa, orchestra (1994)
(Three Film Scores: Jose Torres; The Face of Another; Black Rain) Mirtsu no eiga ongaku, string orchestra (1994)

Soloist(s) w/Orchestra
Scene, cello and string orchestra (1959)
Arc I: I. Pile, II. Solitude, III. Your love and the crossing, piano and orchestra (1963-66; rev. 1976)
Arc II: I. Textures, II. Reflection, III. Coda … Shall begin from the end, piano and orch (1964-66; rev. 1976)
November Steps, biwa, shakuhachi and orchestra (1967)
10th Step (Variation) from November Steps, biwa, shakuhachi and orchestra (1967)
Asterism, piano and orchestra (1967)
Eucalypts I, flute, oboe, harp and string orchestra (1970)                                                         ~ top of page ~
Cassiopeia, percussion and orchestra (1971)
(Autumn) Aki, biwa, shakuhachi and orchestra (1973)
Gitimalya – Bouquet of Songs, marimba and orchestra (1974)
(Far Calls, Coming, Far!) Toi yobigoe no kantata e!, violin and orchestra (1980)
(Toward the Sea II) Umi e II, alto flute, harp and string orchestra (1981)
(To the Edge of Dream) Yume no heri e, guitar and orchestra (1983)
Vers, l'arc-en-ciel, Palma, guitar, oboe d'amore and orchestra (1984)
(Orion and Pleiades) Orion to Pureadesu, cello and orchestra (1984)
Riverrun, piano and orchestra (1984)
Gemeaux, oboe, trombone and 2 orchestras (1971-86)
I Hear the Water Dreaming, flute and orchestra (1987)
Nostalghia: In Memory of Andrej Tarkovskij, violin and string orchestra (1987)
A String around Autumn, viola and orchestra (1989)
From me flows what you call time, 5 percussionists and orchestra (1990)
Fantasma/Cantos I, clarinet and orchestra (1991)
(Quotation of Dream  - Say Sea, Take Me!) Yume no in'yo, 2 pianos and orchestra (1991)
Ceremonial: an Autumn Ode, sho and orchestra (1992)
(Family Tree - Musical Verses for Young People) Keizu, narrator and orchestra (1992)
Fantasma/Cantos II, trombone and orchestra (1994)
Spectral Canticle, violin, guitar and orchestra (1995)

Chorus w/Orchestra
Crossing, piano, celeste, vibraphone, guitar, harp, female chorus, 2 orchestra (1971)
My Way of Life: in Memory of Michael Vyner (R. Tamura), baritone, chorus and orchestra (1990)

Choral
Sayounara, chorus (1954)
In a Small Room, chorus (1955)
I Just Sing, chorus (1958)
A Song of Circles and Triangles, chorus (1960)                                                                          ~ top of page ~
All That the Man Left Behind When He Died, chorus (1960)
The Game of Love, chorus (1961)
A Song of circles and triangles, chorus (1961)
Small Sky, chorus (1962)
Unseen Child, chorus (1963)
La Neige, chorus (1963)
A Marvelous Kid, chorus (1963)
In the Month of March, chorus (1965)
All that the Man left behind when he died, chorus (1965)
(Wind Horse) Kaze no uma, chorus (1961-66)
Waltz, chorus (1966)
The Encounter, chorus (1968)
Glowing Autumn, chorus (1978)
(Grass) Shibafu, male chorus (1982)
Wings, chorus (1982)
To the Island, chorus (1983)
Will Tomorrow, I wonder, be Cloudy or Clear?, chorus (1985)
(Handmade Proverbs - Four Pop Songs) Tezukuri korowaza, male voices (1987)
Songs for mixed chorus (1979-92)
All Alone, chorus (1995)
Yesterday's spot, chorus (1995)

Japenese Instruments
(Sky, Horse and Death) Sora, uma, soshite shi, tape (1958)
Eclipse, biwa and shakuhachi (1966)
November Steps, biwa, shakuhachi and orchestra (1967)
10th Step (Variation) from November Steps, biwa, shakuhachi and orchestra (1967)
(Autumn) Aki, biwa, shakuhachi and orchestra (1973)
Distance, oboe and sho ad lib. (1972)                                                                                            ~ top of page ~
(In an Autumn Garden) Shiiteika, gagaku (1973)
(Voyage) Tabi, 3 biwa (1973)
Ceremonial: an Autumn Ode, sho and orchestra (1992)
(In an Autumn Garden) Shiiteika, gagaku (1979) [complete version]

Chamber
(Chamber Concerto) Shitsunai kyosokyoku, 13 instruments (1955)
(Sky, Horse and Death) Sora, uma, soshite shi, tape (1958)
Le son calligraphie I, III, 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos (1958-60)
Masque, 2 flutes (1959-60)
Landscape, string quartet (1960)
Ring, flute, guitar and lute (1961)
Sacrifice, alto flute, lute and vibraphone (1962)
Valeria, 2 piccolos, violin, cello, guitar, electric organ (1965)
Eclipse, biwa and shakuhachi (1966)
Cross Talk, 2 bandoneon and tape (1968)
(Seasons) Shiki, 4 percussionists (1 perc, tape) (1970)
Eucalypts II, flute, oboe and harp (1971)
Munari by Munari, percussion (1967-72)
(In an Autumn Garden) Shiiteika, gagaku (1973)
(Voyage) Tabi, 3 biwa (1973)
Garden Rain, brass ensemble (1974)
Quatrain, clarinet, violin, cello and piano (1975)
Le fils des etoiles, flute, harp and piano (1975) [arr. of work of Erik Satie]
Bryce, flute, 2 harps, 2 percussionists (1976)
Waves, clarinet, horn, 2 trombones, bass drum (1976)
Quatrain II, clarinet, violin, cello and piano (1977)
Waterways, clarinet, violin, cello and piano (1978)
A Way a Lone, string quartet (1981)
(Toward the Sea) Umi e, alto flute and guitar (1981)                                                                 ~ top of page ~
(Rain Tree) Ame no ki, 3 percussioists (1981)
(Rain Spell) Arne no jumon, flute, clarinet, harp, piano and vibraphone (1982)
Cross Hatch, percussion (1982)
(Rocking Mirror Daybreak) Yureru kagami no yoake, 2 violins (1983)
Entre-temps, oboe and string quartet (1986)
A Boy Named Hiroshima, 2 guitar (1987)
Signals from Heaven - Two Antiphonal Fanfares: I. Day Signal, II. Night Signal, brass ensemble (1987)
(Toward the Sea III) Umi e III, alto flute and harp (1989)
Furyo shonen (Bad Boy), 2 guitars (1961-92, ed. N. Sato)
(And then I knew 'twas wind) Soshite, sore ga kaze de aru koto wo shitta, flute, viola and harp (1992)
(Archipelago S.) Gunto S., 21 players (1993)
Between Tides, violin, cello and piano (1993)
Herbstlied, clarinet and string quartet (1993) [arr. of work of Tchaikovsky]
(A Bird Came Down the Walk) Tori ga michi ni orite kita, viola and piano (1994)

Solo Instrument
Distance de fee, violin and piano (1951; rev. 1989)
(Elegy) Hika, violin and piano (1966)
Stanza II, harp and tape (1971)
Voice, flute (1971)
Distance, oboe and sho ad lib. (1972)
Folios, guitar (1974)
(12 Songs for Guitar) Gita no tame no jiini no uta, guitar (1974,1977)
(In an Autumn Garden) Shiiteika, gagaku (1979) [complete version]
(From Far Beyond Chrysanthemums and November Fog) jiiichigatsu no kiri to …, violin and piano (1983)
The Last Waltz, guitar (1983)
Orion, cello and piano (1984)
(All in Twilight: four pieces for guitar) Subete wa usuakari no naka de, guitar (1987)
(Itinerant - In Memory of Isamu Noguchi) Meguri, flute (1989)
A Piece for guitar - For the 60th birthday of Sylvano Bussotti  (1991)                                     ~ top of page ~
Equinox, guitar (1993)
(Paths - In Memoriam of Witold Lutosławski) Michi, trumpet (1994)
Air, flute (1995)
(In the Woods: 3 pieces, guitar) Mori no naka de (1995)

Piano/Harpsichord
Romance, piano (1949)
Lento in due movimenti, piano (1950)
(At the Circus) Sakasu rite, piano (1952)
(Uninterrupted Rests) Saegirarenai kjiisoku, I-III, piano (1952, 1959)
Piano Distance, piano (1961)
(Corona for pianist(s)) Pianisuto no tame no Corona, piano (1962)
Crossing, piano (1962)
For away, piano (1973)
Les yeux clos, piano (1979)
Piano pieces for children: I. Breeze, II. Clouds, piano (1979)
(Rain Tree Sketch) Arne no ki, piano (1982)
Les yeux clos II, piano (1988)
Litany - In Memory of Michael Vyner, piano (1989) [recomposition of Lento in due movimenti, 1950]
(Rain Tree Sketch II) Arne no ki II, piano (1992)
(Rain Dreaming) Ymemiru ame, harpsichord (1986)

Vocal
(Coral Island) Kansho, soprano and orchestra (1962)
Stanza I, female voice, guitar, piano/celeste, harp and vibraphone (1969)
My Way of Life: in Memory of Michael Vyner (R. Tamura), baritone, chorus and orchestra (1990)


Film Scores - Complete                                        Takemitsu  Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre     ~ top of page ~
Ginrin (Bicycle in Dream), film score (1955)
Kurutta kajitsu (Crazed Fruit), film score (1956)
Red and Green/Midnight Visitor, film score (1956)
The Rainy Season, film score (1956)
Cloudburst,  film score (1957)
The Country Boss, film score (1958)
Waiting for Spring, film score (1959)
Dangerous Trip/Vagabond Lovers, film score (1959)
Joking/Love Letters, film score (1959)
Jose Torres, film score (1959)
Kawaita mizummi (Youth in Fury/Dry Lake), film score (1960)
Mozu (The Shrikes), film score (1961)
Furyo shonen (Bad Boys/Cheap, Sweet and a Kid), film score (1961)
Ratai (The Body), film score (1962)
Amour Ó vingt ans, L' (Love at Twenty), film score (1962)
Otoshiana [The Pitfall/Cheap, Sweet and a Kid], film score (1962)
Seppuku (Harakiri), film score (1962)
Atami Blues, film score (1962)
Namida o shishi no tategami ni (Tears on the Lion's Mane), film score (1962)
Te o tsunagu kora (Children Hand in Hand), film score (1963)
Koto (Twin Sisters of Kyoto), film score (1963)
Subarashii akujo (Wonderful Bad Woman), film score (1963)
Shiro to kuro (White and Black), film score (1963)
Kanojo to kare (She and He), film score (1963)
Taiheiyo hitori-botchi (The Enemy, the Sea/Alone on the Pacific), film score (1963)
Seishun no ishibumi (The Tomb of Youth), television score (1964)
Jotai (The Call of Flesh), film score (1964)
Kawaita hana (Pale Flower), film score (1964)
Love, film score (1964)
Nihon dasshutsu (Escape from Japan), film score (1964)
Suna no onna (Woman in the Dunes), film score (1964)
Ansatsu (The Assassin), film score (1964)
Kaidan (Kwaidan/Ghost Stories/Horror Story), film score (1964)                                            ~ top of page ~
21 Year Old Father/Our Happiness Alone, film score (1964)
The Female Body, film score (1964)
Last Judgement, film score (1965)
Jose Torres II, film score (1965)
Ako (White Morning), film score (1965)
Saig˘ no shinpan, film score (1965)
Ibun Sarutobi Sasuke (Samurai Spy), film score (1965)
Bwana Toshi no uta (The Song of the Bwana Toshi), film score (1965)
Utsukushisa to kanashimi to (With Beauty and Sorrow), film score (1965)
Kemonomichi (Beast Alley), film score (1965)
Yotsuya kaidan (Illusion of Blood), film score (1966)
Ki no kawa (The River Kino/The Kii River), film score (1966)
Shokei no shima (Captive's Island), film score (1966)
Tanin no kao (The Face of Another/Stranger's Face), film score (1966)
Akogare (Longing/Once a Rainy Day), film score (1966)
Akane-gumo (Clouds at Sunset), film score (1967)
Izu no odoriko, film score (1967)
J˘i-uchi: Hairy˘ tsuma shimatsu (Rebellion: Receive the Wife), film score (1967)
Midaregumo (Two in the Shadow), film score (1967)
Meguri-ai (Two Hearts in the Rain), film score (1968)
Hatsukoi: Jigoku-hen (The Inferno of First Love), film score (1968)
Moetsukita chizu (The Ruined Map), film score (1968)
Nihon no seishun (Hymn to a Tired Man), film score (1968)
Kyoto, film score (1969)
Shinjű: Ten no amijima (Double Suicide), film score (1969)
Dankon (Bullet Wound), film score (1969)
Tokyo senso sengo hiwa (He Died After the War), film score (1970)
Dodes'ka-den (Clickety-Clack), film score (1970)
Chinmoku (Silence), film score (1971)
Gishiki (The Ceremony), film score (1971)
Inochi b˘ ni fur˘ (At the Risk of My Life/Inn of Evil), film score (1971)                                  ~ top of page ~
Natsu no imoto (Dear Summer Sister), film score (1972)
Sama soruja (Summer Soldiers), film score (1972)
Seigen-ki (Time Within Memory), film score (1973)
Kaseki no mori (The Petrified Forest), film score (1973)
Himiko, film score (1974)
Shiawase, film score (1974)
Mirai e no Isan (Legacy to the Future) - series, television score (1974)
Sakura no mori no mankai no shita (Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees), film score (1975)
Kaseki (The Fossil), film score (1975)
Hanare goze Orin (Ballad of Orin), film score (1977)
Ai no borei (Empire of Passion/In the Realm of Passion), film score (1978)
Moeru aki (Glowing Autumn), film score (1979)
Tempyo no iraka (Ocean to Cross), film score (1980)
Cosmos, television score (1980) [unknown episodes]
Yumechiyo Nikki (Yumechiyo's Journey), TV mini-series score (1981)
Rennyo to sono haha, film score (1981)
Tokyo saiban (Tokyo Trial), film score (1983)
Antonio GaudÝ, film score (1984)
Ran, film score (1985)
Hi-matsuri (Fire Festival), film score (1985)
Shokutaku no nai ie (The Empty Table/House without a Table), film score (1985)
A.K. (Kurosawa Akira), film score (1985)
Yari no gonza (Gonza the Spearman), film score (1986)
A Boy Named Hiroshima, film score (1987)
Arashi ga oka (Onimaru/Wuthering Heights), film score (1988)
For the Whales, television score (1989)
Kuroi ame (Black Rain), film score (1989)
Rikyu, film score (1989)
The Inland Sea, film score (1991)
Dream Window: Reflections on the Japanese Garden, film score (1992)                             ~ top of page ~
Goh-hime (Basara - The Princess Goh) , film score (1992)
Rising Sun, film score (1993)
Music for the Movies: Toru Takemitsu, film score (1994)
Sharaku, film score (1995)

Electronic/Tape
Relief statique, tape (1955)
Vocalism A-I, tape (1956)
(Tree Sky Bird) Ki sora tori, tape (1956)
Yūridisu (Eurydice), tape (1956)
Clap Vocalism, tape (1956-57)
Dialogue, tape (1957)
(Sky, Horse and Death) Sora, uma, soshite shi, tape (1958)
Quiet Design, tape (1960)
(Water Music) Mizu no kyoku, tape (1960)
Natsukashino San Francisco (Longed-for San Francisco), tape (1964)
Cross Talk, 2 bandoneon and tape (1968)
(Seasons) Shiki, 4 percussionists (1 perc, tape) (1970)
Years of Ears (What is Music?), tape (1970)
Stanza II, harp and tape (1971)
Toward, tape (1971)
Wavelength, tape (1984)
(A Minneapolis Garden) Mineaporisu no niwa, tape (1986)
(The Sea is Still) Seijaku no umi, tape (1986)


TAKEMITSU  LINKS                                        Works by Genre     ~ ~ ~     Film Scores     ~ top of page ~
Enter the Garden: Tōru Takemitsu (BBC Radio 3)
He Left From Us! (Robin Engelman, nexuspercussion.com)
High Score: Who is the Greatest Film Composer of All Time? (Jan Swafford, Slate)
Music for the Movies: Tōru Takemitsu (film by Charlotte Zwerin, 1994) [see Columbia Universiy: Japanese Film Masters]
The Music of Tōru Takemitsu (Peter Burt, books.google.com)
Takemitsu Interview (Wolfgang Breyer, artistinterviews.eu)
Tōru Takemitsu (Caleb Dupree, Classical-Drone)
Tōru Takemitsu Composition Award
Toward Silence: The Intense Repose of Tōru Takemitsu (Alex Ross, The New Yorker)

Books
Tōru Takemitsu: A Bio-Bibliography (James Siddons, Greenwood Pub Group, books.google.com)

Takemitsu @ Wikipedia
Takemitsu @ Analog Arts Ensemble
Takemitsu @ Art + Culture
Takemitsu @ Artes Escenicas de Japon [translated by Google]
Takemitsu @ Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Takemitsu @ CITWF / Complete Index to World Film
Takemitsu @ Film Reference
Takemitsu @ Grawemeyer Awards
Takemitsu @ Harvard Film Archive
Takemitsu @ Humorous.eu
Takemitsu @ IMDb (Internet Movie Database)
Takemitsu @ Karadar Classical Music
Takemitsu @ last.fm/group
Takemitsu @ Libra Ensemble
Takemitsu @ The Modern Word
Takemitsu @ MusicWeb International
Takemitsu @ musicianguide.com
Takemitsu @ The New York Times
Takemitsu @ The New York Times/movies
Takemitsu @ The Resource Center for Japanese Music
Takemitsu @ scaruffi.com
Takemitsu @ Schott Music
Takemitsu @ soundintermedia
Takemitsu @ SoundtrackNet
Takemitsu @ takemitsu.de [in German]
Takemitsu @ Toru Takemitsu: Complete Works
Takemitsu @ treeline-online


X  @ Classical Musical Midi Page
X  @ ClassicsToday
X  @ Dilettante Music
X  @ Grawemeyer Awards
X  @ IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library
X  @ Libra Ensemble [Peter Maxwell Davies; Mauricio Kagel]
X  @ Music Academy Online
X  @ Music of the 21st Century/DePauw University [Alder; Rzewski; Heggie; Augusta Read Thomas; Tania Leon]
X  @ Naxos

FOR FILM COMPOSERS

X @ Fandango
X @ Filmbug
X @ The Film Noir.net
X @ Film Reference
X @ Film Score Monthly
X @ Filmtracks
X @ IMDb (Internet Movie Database)
X @ mfiles
X @ Movie Music UK
X @ MSN Movies
X @ The New York Times/movies
X @ The Oscar Site
X @ Reel Classics
X @ screenonline
X @ scorereviews.com [COULD BE OFFLINE FOR GOOD]
X @ scoretrack.net (to translate use: http://translate.google.com/translate_t?hl=en#)
X @ Soundtrack Net
Takemitsu @ SoundtrackCollector
X @ SoundUnwound
X @ Starpulse.com
X @ Turner Classic Movies

Check also - Music Sage   http://www.musicsage.org/


Streaming Audio                                                                                                                              ~ top of page ~
Takemitsu @ Avante Garde Project
Takemitsu @ last.fm
Takemitsu @ Rhapsody

Recordings
Takemitsu @ ArkivMusic
Takemitsu @ ClassicsOnline
Takemitsu @ Choral Channel ["complete works" recordings]
Takemitsu @ Shogakukan ["complete works" recordings]

Takemitsu @ YouTube

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