This list features the works "Sayounara," "Moeru Aki," and "Potsunen" composed by Tôru Takemitsu, (1930-1996).
Tôru Takemitsu was a Japanese composer who became deeply inspired by Western music after World War II. While he received some formal training and direction from mentors, he was mostly self-taught. At 16, he decided to start composing music. For a long time, Takemitsu avoided embracing his Japanese culture. When he finally did embrace it and incorporate Japanese tradition into his compositions, he was able to fully express his unique style. Combining Western and Japanese influences and instrumentation allowed him to create a deeply complex and emotive experience for listeners.
His "Requiem for String Orchestra" was declared a masterpiece by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky who described the unwavering intensity of the piece.
Some of his accolades include the Otaka Prize in 1976 and 1981, the Los Angeles Film Critics Award in 1987 in honor of his film score Ran, and the Grawemeyer Award in 1994 for Fantasma/Cantos.
Continue scrolling to watch performances from the New York Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic, and Ensemble intercontemporain, and follow along with a score or to listen to more of Takemitsu's work including "Requiem for String Orchestra." (authorized users only for scores and songs in the playlist.) All users have access to the videos.