Akira Miyoshi

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Akira Miyoshi
Born (1933-01-10)January 10, 1933
 JapanTokyo
Died October 4, 2013(2013-10-04) (aged 80)
Tokyo
Other names 三善 晃
Occupation composer

Akira Miyoshi (三善 晃; January 10, 1933 – 4 October 2013[1]) was a Japanese composer.

Biography[edit]

Miyoshi was born in Suginami, Tokyo. He was a child prodigy on the piano, studying with Kozaburo Hirai and Tomojiro Ikenouchi. He studied French literature at the University of Tokyo,[2] and then at the Paris Conservatory with Henri Challan and Raymond Gallois-Montbrun from 1955 to 1957. He was very influenced by Henri Dutilleux.[3] He returned to Japan in 1957 and continued studying French, graduating in 1960. In 1965, he became a professor at the Toho Gakuen School of Music. Miyoshi received the 31st Suntory Music Award (1999). He won four Otaka prizes for his compositions.[4]

Works[edit]

Orchestral[edit]

  • 1960 Trois mouvements symphoniques – (Kôkyô sanshô)
  • 1962 Concerto for piano and orchestra
  • 1964 Duel for soprano and orchestra
  • 1964 Concerto for Orchestra
  • 1965 Concerto for violin and orchestra
  • 1969 Concerto for marimba and string ensemble
  • 1969 Odes métamorphosées
  • 1970 Festival Overture
  • 1970 Requiem for mixed choir and orchestra
  • 1974 Concerto for cello and orchestra
  • 1978 Noesis
  • 1979 Psaume for mixed choir and orchestra
  • 1982 En-Soi Lointain
  • 1984 Kyômon for children's choir and orchestra
  • 1988 Litania pour Fuji
  • 1991 Création sonore
  • 1991 Etoiles à cordes
  • 1995 Dispersion de l'été
  • 1996 Étoile à échos for cello and orchestra
  • 1997 Fruits de brume
  • 1998 Chanson terminale: Effeuillage des Vagues

Works for wind orchestra[edit]

  • 1972 Sapporo Olympic Fanfare
  • 1987 Subliminal Festa – (Secret Rites)
  • 1990 Stars Atlanpic '96
  • 1991 Cross-By March
  • 2000 Millennium Fanfare
  • 2002 West Wind (timpani concerto)

Chamber music[edit]

  • 1954 Violin Sonata
  • 1955 Sonata for flute, cello and piano
  • 1962 String Quartet No. 1
  • 1967 String Quartet No. 2
  • 1969 Huit poèmes for flute octet
  • 1973 Nocturne for flute, clarinet, marimba, double bass and percussion
  • 1975 Litania for double bass and percussion
  • 1979 Hommage for flute, violin and piano
  • 1980 Ixtacchihuatl for percussion ensemble
  • 1982 Rêve colorie for two clarinets
  • 1985 Message Sonore for flute, clarinet, marimba, double bass and percussion
  • 1987 C6H for cello
  • 1989 Ombre Scintillante for flute and harp
  • 1989 Perspective en Spirale for clarinet and piano
  • 1990 5 Esquisses for tuba and marimba
  • 1992 String Quartet No. 3: Constellation Noire

Music for piano[edit]

  • 1958 Piano Sonata
  • 1960 Suite In Such Time
  • 1973 Chaînes Prelude for piano
  • 1980 En vers for piano
  • 1981 A Diary of the Sea (28 pieces)
  • 1984 Phenomene sonore I for two pianos
  • 1985 Cahier sonore for four-hand piano
  • 1995 Phenomene sonore II for two pianos
  • 1998 Pour le piano – mouvement circulaire et croisé

Music for guitar[edit]

  • 1974 Protase "de loin à rien" for two guitars
  • 1975 Epitase
  • 1985 5 Poèmes
  • 1989 Constellation Noire for guitar and string quartet

Music for Percussion[edit]

  • 1962 Conversation – Suite for marimba
    1. Tender Talk
    2. So Nice It Was...Repeatedly
    3. Lingering Chagrin
    4. Again The Hazy Answer!
    5. A Lame Excuse
  • 1965 Torse III for marimba
    1. These
    2. Chant
    3. Commentaire
    4. Synthese
  • 1977 Étude Concertante for 2 marimbas
  • 1987 Rin-sai for marimba solo and six percussion players
  • 1991 Ripple for marimba solo
  • 2001 Prelude Etudes for marimba

Music for traditional Japanese instruments[edit]

  • 1972 Torse IV for shakuhachi, 2 koto, 17-gen and string quartet
  • 1986 Ryusho Kyoku Suifu for shakuhachi, 2 koto und 17-gen
  • 1994 Gikyoku for Japanese instruments

Songs[edit]

  • 1962 En blanc for soprano and piano
  • 1962 Sei sanryoh hari for soprano and piano
  • 1991 Koeru Kage ni for soprano and piano

Choral music[edit]

  • 1962 Three Lyrics(Mittsu no Jojoh) for women's choir and piano
  • 1962 To my married Daughter for mixed choir
  • 1966 Four Seasons for mixed choir
  • 1968 Five Pictures for Children for mixed choir and piano
    1. The weathercock
    2. The trumpet-shell
    3. "Yajiro-be" – A balancing toy
    4. The sand-glass
    5. A top of acorn
  • 1970 Ohson fuki(Ohson didn't come back) for men's choir and piano
  • 1971 Four Autumn Songs for women's choir and piano
  • 1972 Odeko no koitsu for children's choir and piano
  • 1973 5 Japanese Folksongs for mixed choir
    1. Awa odori
    2. Sado Okesa
    3. Kiso bushi
    4. Soran bushi
    5. Itsuki no komoriuta
  • 1973 Otewanmiso no uta for mixed choir
  • 1975 Hengetan'ei for mixed choir, shakuhachi, percussion instrument and 17-gen
  • 1976 Kitsune-no-uta(Song of Fox) for children's choir, speaker, and piano
  • 1978 Klee no ehon dai1shū(Klee's Picture book No.1) for mixed choir and guitar
  • 1979 Klee no ehon dai2shū(Klee's Picture book No.2) for men's choir
  • 1982 Norainu Doji for women's choir and piano
  • 1983 Ballades to the Earth for mixed choir
  • 1983 Poems of Animals for mixed choir and piano
  • 1984 Poems of Animals for women's choir and piano
  • 1984 Collection of songs "Died in the Country" for mixed choir and two pianos
  • 1985 Letters To God for children's choir and marimba
  • 1987 Umi(The Sea) for mixed choir and two pianos
  • 1991 Yamagara Diary for children's choir, sanukite and marimba
  • 1992 Asakura Sanka for speaker, mixed choir, Japanese flute and Taiko
  • 1996 Kamuy no kaze (Wind of Kamuy) for mixed choir and piano
  • 2007 The Day - August 6 for mixed choir and piano

Stage works[edit]

(very incomplete)

  • 1959 "Ondine", opera
  • 1999 Faraway Sail, opera

Anime music[edit]

Books and writings[edit]

  • Akira Miyoshi: The Silent Beat of Japanese Music, in Japanese Essences (Japan as I see it – 3) Shichi Yamamoto, Kenichi Fukui et al., Tokyo. 1985.
  • Yoko Narasaki: Toru Takemitsu to Akira Miyoshi no Sakkyoku Yoshiki (The Style of Composition of Toru Takemitsu and Akira Miyoshi). Tokyo: Ongaku no Tomosha, 1994.

External links[edit]

Sources[edit]

Oxford Music on Line, Yoko Narazaki, Miyoshi,Akira.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "日本作曲界の重鎮・三善晃さん死去…80歳". 5 October 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Oxford Music on Line, Miyoshi, Akiro
  3. ^ Oxford Music on Line, Miyoshi, Akiro
  4. ^ Oxford Music on Line, Miyoshi, Akiro