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Confronting Silence

Confronting Silence

Selected Writings

Book - 1995
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Although internationally recognized as a major twentieth-century composer, Toru Takemitsu as author is relatively unknown except to Japanese-speaking readers. Since 1960, he has written numerous essays and commentaries, most of which have been published in Japan. Confronting Silence is the first collection of his writings to be translated into English. For the present volume, he has selected writings covering a wide range of subjects: art and artists, movies, his contemporaries, nature in all of its manifestations (a favorite topic), and, of course, music - traditional and contemporary, Eastern and Western, folk music, and his own compositions and approach to composing.
Takemitsu's desire to express thoughts in prose as well as music, not typical of Japanese composers until recently, is more frequently associated with nineteenth-century European composers. With little interest in program music, Takemitsu does not believe that words explain the essence of music. Words are important in his own compositional technique, however, and his interest in writing is certainly more than casual. Words stimulate his imagination and give rise literally to images that in turn activate his sensibilities in his search for sound, the real essence of music.
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Fallen Leaf Press, 1995
ISBN: 9780914913313
091491331X
9780914913368
0914913360
Call Number: 780.9 T136c 1995
Characteristics: xv, 155 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Kakudo, Yoshiko
Glasow, Glenn 1924-2002
Additional Contributors (Original Script): 小沢, 征爾(1935- )

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Tōru Takemitsu was a largely self-taught Japanese composer and writer on aesthetics and music theory.


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