Great Composers: The Japanese

  • Am Vor 10 years

    Reuben MarkhamReuben Markham

    Dauer: 10:53

    Hello!

    Let me explain to you viewers who these composers are.

    Nobuo Ueamtsu: He composes music for videogames, especially for the Final Fantasy series.
    He is largely self-taught.
    The fact that he composes music for video games might put some people off, but he has composed some really good music. He was my first musical inspiration.

    Toru Takemitsu: A well known Japanese composer. he is also largely self-taught.
    His influences include Claude Debussy, Anton Webern, Edgard Varèse, Arnold Schoenberg, and Olivier Messiaen, and also Japanese tradicional music.
    He has also composed music for films.

    Rentaro Taki: A well known composer of Japan. He was also a pianist. He composed music for piano, short vocal works and songs for children. His style is a fusion of Tradicional Japanese music and german romanticism, which he learned in the Liepzig Conservatory. He died at the early age of 23.

    Yuzo Toyama: Yuzo Toyama was born in Tokyo in 1931. He studied composition under Kan-ichi Shimofusa, a pupil of Hindemith and a conducting student of Kurt Wss and Wilhelm Loibner, both of whom conducted the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo in the 1950s. Toyama has served as the principal conductor of a number of orchestras in Japan. As a composer he has been under the influence of Bartok and Shostakovich in particular, and like Kodly he attaches great importance to the use of folk melodies in his works.

    I think that it is important to listen to music from different cultures and that way you can picture that culture and listen to what people in that culture were thinking. I also believe that its important to listen to different kinds of music, because it helps a person develope as a musician.

    There might possibly be a part 2 of this video, but I'm not certain yet, because my knowledge on asian composers is very little.

    I will be uploading some more pieces from Bortkiewicz and after that I will be uploading music from these composers!
    I hope you have enjoyed the video!

    (I had to reupload the video because I made a huge mistake)

Alejandro soto martin
Alejandro soto martin

Takemitsu is a world class composer, so sad his music is not played more frecuently

Vor 28 Tage
Blundering Tusk
Blundering Tusk

Somei Satoh - Kisetsu

Vor 9 Monate
Michael James
Michael James

Joe Hisashi!?

Vor 4 years
saudefh Sauri
saudefh Sauri

+Michael James Akira senju too!

Vor 3 years
Cassandra RN
Cassandra RN

Nobuo Uematsu, One Winged Angel: shatteringly gorgeous, I wonder did he know he held so much beauty? May we all be liberated to rise above "traditional exquisite beauty"... and be stunningly gorgeous.

Vor 4 years
Casper Ablij
Casper Ablij

traditional japanese (and chinese) music is better

Vor 4 years
J Candies
J Candies

Y A S U N O R I M I T S U D A

Vor 6 years
Alphonsus Chua
Alphonsus Chua

Joe hisaishi should be included....

Vor 6 years
titimilidbz
titimilidbz

Wrong guess. He completely obliterates them. The classic European composers are just human, Susumu Hirasawa is a god.

Vor 6 years
JeffGR4
JeffGR4

You're right, I haven't listened to anything by Susumu Hirasawa, but I'll take a wild guess that your claim of his work decimating the classic European composers' works is baloney.

Vor 6 years
titimilidbz
titimilidbz

And I presume you haven't heard Susumu Hirasawa, who completely destroys all the Austrians, Russians, Czechs, Germans, French, Italians, Polish, Scandinavians, Hungarians, Spanish, Swiss...

Vor 6 years
Azat H
Azat H

This is "полная хуйня"

Vor 7 years
Takeo´s Channel
Takeo´s Channel

where is joe hisaishi?.. i love his clannel concert.. its actually amazing piano

Vor 7 years
Clifton Joseph Warren
Clifton Joseph Warren

Thank you for this additional education of Classical music appreciated and created by Japanese composers! i was well aware of Toru Takemitsu, but when you introduced Nobuo Ueamtsu at the begining of your video, I was aghast! Time to research, study, and collect again!

Vor 7 years
Ruben Gardiner
Ruben Gardiner

some people might not classify him as true classical but listen to yoshiki hayashi (yes from the famous band X Japan) search for eternal melody yoshiki on youtube amazing composer.

Vor 7 years
Hermoor
Hermoor

Best japanese composers and we get the soundtrack of a game at first place xD

Vor 7 years
kaimi18
kaimi18

i'm so glad to see a nobuo in this top :D to the next dont forget yoko shimomura , joe higashi , yoko kano, kow otani, yasunori mitsuda. and yann tiersen... joke =P

Vor 7 years
Andri Sandi
Andri Sandi

don't forget yoko kanno

Vor 7 years
Thphaca Senior
Thphaca Senior

@JeffGR4 Among my favorite composers are Rachmaninoff (Russian), Liszt (Hungarian), Debussy and Lourie (French), Williams (American), Albenez (Hispanic), and Holst (British). I know my previous comment was a pretty strong statement and I didn't mean to downplay other composers. Admittedly, my ears are much more diverse than they were 2 years ago and my opinion is slightly changed, but there are aspects of eastern harmony that compel me to still strongly appreciate it.

Vor 8 years
Didi Moreau
Didi Moreau

One Winged Angel kicked my ass and left me scarred. I am ready for this abusive relationship. :D

Vor 8 years
JeffGR4
JeffGR4

@thphaca You've "never heard such amazing music" as that by the Japanese composers? Well, then I can only presume that you haven't yet heard the Austrians, Russians, Czechs, Germans, French, Italians, Polish, Scandinavians, Hungarians, Spanish, Swiss...

Vor 8 years
Susanna Basso
Susanna Basso

THANKS!!!! I didn't know Rentaro Taki, he's great! I didn't know anything about classical music from Japan actually!

Vor 8 years
goshbeergosh
goshbeergosh

hello, just asking, is part 2 up yet?

Vor 8 years
JiangxenPeter
JiangxenPeter

Thank you greatly for this compilation. As a former Oriental living in UK, it's really inspiring to listen to these composers. Please alert me when you upload more. I just find these styles fascinating!!

Vor 8 years
cnmaster01
cnmaster01

If you can find his work Shigeaki Saegusa is great

Vor 8 years
zaprow
zaprow

Does anyone know exactly which recording of One Winged Angel and Aerith's theme this is?

Vor 9 years
phizzy
phizzy

Dont forget Ryuichi Sakamoto, and yoko shimomura..

Vor 9 years
CaptainBluebear08
CaptainBluebear08

thanks for this contribution. only takemitsu was familiar to me.

Vor 9 years
Clivejvaughan
Clivejvaughan

Very much appreciated; most of us know so little of these composers ! Do you have the complete works ?

Vor 9 years
Juan Dom
Juan Dom

I discovered Nobuo's music in videogames. He composed most of Final Fantasy 8/9/10. Check the piano compilations of his works on youtube, there are many.

Vor 3 Stunden
Victor Schmitt
Victor Schmitt

1st song is one winged angel, 2nd song is aeriths theme, no freakin clue wat the 3rd song is, or the 4th song, and yep, i dont know any other composer on here, lol. Nobuo uematsu is the best!

Vor 9 years
TheSmoothCriminal
TheSmoothCriminal

This is so beautiful, thank you.

Vor 9 years
cjtmusic2
cjtmusic2

Years ago, on 60 minutes, I think , there was a wonderful story about an 18 year old young man who was a composer/piano prodigy. His Dad was a musician as well. But the son was severely handicapped and lived in his own special world until his Dad tried to teach him about music. After that, the son went on to write concert quality pieces and became somewhat famous in Japan. Anybody know the name of the young man?

Vor 9 years
Toninjinka
Toninjinka

Since you put Uematsu, you could add Joe Hisaishi too. Did I say "could" ? I mean you must ! =P Woah, I'm listening to the Rentaro Taki's part... O.O Great !!! And maybe you could add also Yoko Kanno, Yuki Kajiura and Michiru Oshima. Ask me if you want more details !

Vor 9 years
sunnyballet
sunnyballet

excellent

Vor 9 years
Reuben Markham
Reuben Markham

I agree! I should have put him on this video, but I think I will include him in Part 2. Thank you for your kind comment!

Vor 10 years
Reuben Markham
Reuben Markham

Yeah, I probably agree with you there. I wasn't going to put him in the list, but I do agree that he is a great composer, and some of his music has really touched me. In any case, the list isn't finished yet. I will release more Japanese composers in future videos.

Vor 10 years
Malaika
Malaika

Lol, I can't believe you put Nobuo Uematsu in your list, I love his music (especially in all the Final Fantasy !), but It's strange to find him in the middle of all these classical composers, nice choice =)

Vor 10 years
Reuben Markham
Reuben Markham

I totally agree with you! The Japanese composers are largely regected. I really love their music. I only decided to listen to music from japanese composers because I wanted to explore different musical talent, and I found a large treasure. Thank you for your kind comment!

Vor 10 years
Thphaca Senior
Thphaca Senior

My god. I've never heard such amazing music. This is why I always loved japanese composers. Their approach was more towards romanticism and they took daring choices in their compositions. Their depth is just amazing. They go beyond traditional european progressions. Don't get me wrong, I'm American myself, but most American composers can't go beyond basic harmony like these guys.

Vor 10 years
Juan Dom
Juan Dom

Actually Nobuo Uematsu's FF video games are what get me to love classical music.

Vor 3 Stunden
cosmi91ro
cosmi91ro

very interesting:D thanks for sharing the information

Vor 10 years

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