Hajime Okumura (January 13, 1925 - April 2, 1991) was a Japanese composer, music educator, pianist, oboist and bassoonist.
Okumura studied music and composition with Kan'ichi Shimofusa (himself a former student of Paul Hindemith) at Toyama Army School; Tamezou Narita and Kiyoshi Nobutoki at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in Tokyo (now Tokyo University of the Art). Akira Ifukube was a fellow student.
Okumura was a lecturer at Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo.
As a composer he is best known for his works for concert band; he can be considered as a Japanese pioneer in this genre. One of his well-known works is his Rhapsody for piano and orchestra. He also wrote several operas and in the period 1952-1965 the music for fourteen films. Okumura's style is often described as eclectic, in which he uses tonal modernism.
Please take note that the audio AND the sheet music ARE NOT mine. Change the quality to a minimum of 480p if the video is blurry.
Original audio: de-film.com/v-video-pyyQLWEmPDk.html
(Performance by: Shura Cherkassky)
Original sheet music: en.scorser.com/I/Sheet+music/300186858.html
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