Takemitsu – Percussions in Colors – Reviewed in 2010

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Rare 1978 audiophile limited edition Japanese lp with Sumire Yoshihara on percussion performing experimental works. The Ichiyanagi work has a unique graphical score and allows the performer to select different classes of percussion. Takemitsu’s piece is based on a work of art in the form of a book made for the composer by Italian artist Bruno Munari. Takemitsu’s score consists of this book and an accompanying set of musical instructions on how to interpret its abstract collages and designs. Includes extensive notes inside the gatefold cover.

Ichyanagi is a Japanese experimental composer who was influenced by John Cage, worked with Michael Ranta and Takehisa Kosugi, and was a member of the Fluxus “post-dada” art movement (Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, George Maciunas, La Monte Young, Milan Knizak, Joseph Beuys, Juan Hidalgo, Philip Corner, Walter Marchetti, etc.). Takemitsu was trained as a guitarist, lauded and encouraged by Stravinsky early in his career, and influenced by John Cage, Morton Feldman, Earle Brown, Webern, Messiaen, and Debussy; his compositions combined traditional Japanese music with avant garde western techniques such as electronic music, indeterminacy, graphic notation, and serialism, and he is associated with the school of early electronic composers in Japan that included Yuji Takahashi, Yori-Aki Matsudaira, Minao Shibata, Toshiro Mayuzumi, and Karlheinz Stockhausen.”