Akio Yashiro - Symphony (1958)

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    Dauer: 32:38

    Symphony (1958)

    I. Prelude: Adagio - Moderato [0:00]
    II. Scherzo: Vivace [7:22]
    III. Lento [11:13]
    IV. Adagio - Allegro energico [23:54]

    A large-scale orchestral work by Japanese composer Akio Yashiro (1929-1976), a student of Saburo Moroi and Qunihico Hashimoto. Although he was solidly situated in the Japanese modernist school of composers, Yashiro was highly skeptical of avant-garde trends in music and grounded his music in somewhat more traditional forms, drawing inspiration from figures such as Beethoven, Dukas and Messiaen. When John Cage visited Japan in 1962, Yashiro repeatedly heckled his performance, saying, "This is no music!" He had earned high praise from Messiaen and Florent Schmitt as a student at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, and he became widely recognized as one of the leading Japanese composers. However, Yashiro's perfectionism hindered his productivity over the course of his career, so that his oeuvre remained quite small. The 1958 Symphony was commissioned by the Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. It consists of four nearly-continuous movements, which are carefully united by a few motifs, most notably a three note B-F-F sharp pattern and the B-F or B flat-F intervals. Some of the first-movement material was taken from an unfinished work that Yashiro began composing as a student on the subject of Oscar Wilde's Salome.

    Conductor: Takuo Yuasa
    Ulster Orchestra

Stuart Segan
Stuart Segan

That something would remind me so strongly of the American symphonist William Schuman baffles me greatly. Nevertheles...like waves crashing on the beach from different angles.

Vor 14 Tage
Mark McCarty
Mark McCarty

From what I've heard, I view Yashiro and Takemitsu as Japan's greatest composers. And, among contemporary composers, Yashiro's pupil Akira Nishimura.

Vor 27 Tage
tuberobotto
tuberobotto

While it does sound very "soundtracky'' and a bit John Williams-ish, the work is very interesting, compellingly imaginative and quite ahead of it's time (1958!) in sound architecture. A John Williams work in a similar vein only came out in the 70s (Close Encounters). Who knows who was inspired by who, but Akio definitely was ahead in this work.

Vor Monat
Nostalgic Modernist
Nostalgic Modernist

Does anyone hear odd textural echoes of Messaien's "Turangalila" Symphony in the latter half?

Vor Monat
坂巻洋
坂巻洋

🏵️🍋😉🌿

Vor 3 Monate
Caspar Wintermans
Caspar Wintermans

Wonderful!

Vor 3 Monate
Brünn hilde
Brünn hilde

The greatest piece of music Wagner never wrote!

Vor 8 Monate
Filomatia
Filomatia

I love the percussion around 17:40 This 20th century stuff is not my cup of tea, but this piece is quite enjoyable.

Vor 10 Monate
retrograde,snake
retrograde,snake

Has this been used in film? Definitely sounds like i’ve heard it in an old akira kurosawa film

Vor 11 Monate
Shin-i-chi Kozima
Shin-i-chi Kozima

This work will be timeless and will continue to give moisture and humility to people,s hearts . From Tokyo in the dizzying megalopolis ablaze with neon .

Vor 11 Monate
Morgan Freeman's favorite freckle
Morgan Freeman's favorite freckle

This sounds like the score to the best movie never made

Vor year
Ammoniumbicarbonat
Ammoniumbicarbonat

Sounds kinda like the soundtrack for Time Bandits

Vor year
Poq
Poq

His music is scaring and exciting together wp

Vor year
George Kraft
George Kraft

In the first movement his Messaien really sounds off. Reminds me of Turingalila.

Vor 2 years
Jeremy Ethan Cohen
Jeremy Ethan Cohen

I'm happily reminded of John Williams, and thus Stravinsky. Very enjoyable, with instrumentation / sound combinations I've never heard before.

Vor 3 years
Jordan Rodriguez
Jordan Rodriguez

The beginning is marvelous

Vor 3 years
Kuang-Li Cheng
Kuang-Li Cheng

nice

Vor 3 years
Keith Gifford
Keith Gifford

It's hard to understand how a Japanese composer in 1958 could compose so effectively in the European tradition.

Vor 4 years
latt.qcd92
latt.qcd92

@Zack Wyvern It *is* the European tradition. The Classical tradition *is* the European tradition. That is its roots. You could add the quantifier that it's the "European Classical tradition" because there are other traditions in other countries where their's is considered "classical" -- this includes literature, as well, such as the "classics" such as the Chinese classics or the "sinology" -- but "classical" refers to a very European tradition. Stop trying to wipe away the European roots of the tradition. *You* seem to be the one that is bigoted if you believe that Europeans don't have a right to their own culture.

Vor 8 Monate
latt.qcd92
latt.qcd92

@mANDROna Grove They are. It comes out in modern classical music a lot. You just don't hear it in pop music.

Vor 8 Monate
Zack Wyvern
Zack Wyvern

@mANDROna Grove It's not a "european tradition" anymore. It's a classical tradition. It can be formalized, made into theory, and made universal. "World music" was never formalized, but rather just folk music. If you stop thinking about everything in terms of "what country made it" and start thinking of "music that is structured and can be taught" then you will get your bigoted view out of your head, surely.

Vor 9 Monate
G W
G W

because corporations need to keep westerners dumbed down to a certain extent.

Vor year
mANDROna Grove
mANDROna Grove

Then why aren't more westerners influenced by more world music? It's more that European music is seen as paramount and superior which is a shame.

Vor 2 years
John Biebel
John Biebel

The entrance of the violins at 15:28 is absolutely eerie.  Beautiful composition.

Vor 6 years
marinetti
marinetti

@vemonds me too!

Vor 8 years
V Emonds
V Emonds

Amazing symphony. I also love his piano concerto.

Vor 8 years
marinetti
marinetti

I love it

Vor 8 years

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