Sadao Bekku

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Sadao Bekku (別宮貞雄 Bekku Sadao?, May 24, 1922, Tokyo – January 12, 2012, Mitaka, Tokyo[1]), was a Japanese classical composer. His works include five symphonies, film scores, a flute sonata, a piano concerto, choral work and art songs, and the opera, Prince Arima.

His work took strong influence from jazz. His most famous works include the film score, Matango (1963).


Major works[edit]

Opera[edit]

  • A Story of Three Women (Le dit des trois femmes) (1964)
  • Prince Arima (Arima-no Miko) (1963–67)

Orchestral works[edit]

  • Deux mouvements pour orchestre (1946)
  • Suite classique (1947)
  • Introduction et Allegro (1954)
  • Deux prières (1956)
  • Symphonietta for String Orchestra (1959)
  • Symphony No. 1 (1961)
  • Concerto pour violon et orchestre (1969)
  • Concerto pour alto et orchestre (1971)
  • Symphony No. 2 (1977)
  • Concerto pour piano et orchestre (1980)
  • Festival Overture (1981)
  • Symphony No. 3 "Spring" (1984)
  • Memories of Pictures: Suite for Wind Band (1987/2005)
  • March "Be Pure, Be Fresh" for wind orchestra (1988)
  • Symphony No. 4 "The Summer 1945" (1989)
  • Concerto pour violoncelle et orchestre "Autumn" (1997)
  • Symphony No. 5 "Man" (1999)

Chamber works[edit]

  • Trio d'anches for bassoon, oboe and clarinet (1953)
  • Sonate pour flûte et piano (1954)
  • Suite japonaise Nr. 1 for wind quintet (1955)
  • Quatuor à cordes Nr. 1 (1955–57)
  • 1er sonate pour violon et piano (1963–67)
  • Sonate pour violoncelle et piano (1974)
  • Aubade for flute, violin and piano (1976)
  • Suite "Chants de ville" for alto saxophone and piano (1981)
  • Petit pastoral for flute and piano (1983)
  • 《Hide and Seek》 and 《Tag》: Two Players for Two Marimbas (1988)
  • Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano (1995)
  • Kaleidoscope No. 2 for marimba (2002)
  • Autumn for violoncello and piano (2004)

Piano works[edit]

  • Sonatine (1965)
  • Suite "Kaleidescope" (1966)
  • Three Paraphrases Based on Folksongs of Southern Japan (1968)
  • Sonatine in Classical Style (1969)
  • Festa in the north: Japanese Suite No. 2 for piano by 4 hands (1989)

Vocal works[edit]

  • Light-coloured Pictures for voice and piano (1948)
  • 2 Rondels for voice and piano (1951)
  • Three Songs Based Man-yō-shū poems (1958)
  • Giant's Garden for narrator, mixed choir, orchestra and electronic sound (1962)
  • The Four Seasons of the Mountain for mixed choir (1967)

Film music[edit]

Bekku composed about 40 film scores from 1954 to 1978.[2]

References[edit]

  • Yoko Narasaki ed. Orchestral Works by Japanese Composers 1912-1992. Tokyo: Japan Symphony Foundation, 1994.
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  2. ^ Ongaku Geijutsu Bessatsu Nihon no sakkyoku 20-seiki. Tokyo: Ongaku-no-tomo-sha, 1999.

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