Ikuma Dan

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Ikuma Dan (團 伊玖磨 Dan Ikuma?, 7 April 1924 – 17 May 2001) was a Japanese composer.


Dan was born in Tokyo, the descendant of a prominent family, his grandfather Baron Dan Takuma having been President of Mitsui before being assassinated in 1932. He graduated from Aoyama Gakuin and Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1946. One of his teachers was Kosaku Yamada.

During his career he completed six symphonies, all recorded and released on the Decca label in Japan, and wrote seven operas as well as a number of filmscores, and many songs. He wrote celebratory music for the Japanese imperial family, actively promoted cultural exchange with China (from 1979 until his death in Suzhou, China, in 2001), and received the commission to write an opera (Takeru) for the 1997 opening of the New National Theatre, Tokyo, Japan's main opera house.

Dan is known in Japan for his 1951 opera Yūzuru (Twilight Crane), which is regularly revived there.[citation needed]




  • Yūzuru (Twilight Crane), opera in 1 act, text by Junji Kinoshita, (Osaka, 1952)
  • Kikimimizukin (The Listening Cap), opera in 3 acts, text by Junji Kinoshita (Osaka, 1955)
  • Yōkihi (Yang Guifei), opera in 3 acts, text by Jirō Osaragi (Tokyo, 1958)
  • Futari Shizuka, dance drama (1961)
  • Hikarigoke (Luminous Moss), opera in 2 acts, text by T. Takeda (Osaka, 1972)
  • Chanchiki, opera in 2 acts, text by Y. Mizuki (Tokyo, 1975)
  • Master Flute Player, ballet (1989)
  • Susanō, opera (1994)
  • Takeru, opera (Tokyo, 1997)


  • Symphony No. 1 in A (1948-49/56-57)
  • The Silk Road (1955)
  • Symphony No. 2 in B (1955-56/88)
  • Grand March "Celebration" for wind orchestra (1959)
  • Symphony No. 3 (1960)
  • Symphony No. 4 (1965)
  • Symphony No. 5 (1965)
  • Symphony No. 6 "Hiroshima" for soprano, nohkan, shinobue and orchestra (1985)
  • Grand March "The Royal Wedding" for wind orchestra (1992)
  • Symphony No. 7 - unfinished


  • Fantasia all'antica for 2 violins and string orchestra (1988)

Chamber and instrumental[edit]

  • Fantasia No. 1 for violin and piano (1973)
  • 3 Novelettes for piano (1983)
  • Fantasia No. 2 for violin and piano (1983)
  • Fantasia No. 3 for violin and piano (1984)
  • Sonata for flute and piano (1986)
  • Sonata for 4 bassoons (1988)


  • Six Songs for Children (六つの子供のうた Muttsu no kodomo no uta?) for voice and piano (1945)
Popular songs
  • "Hana no machi" (花の街?)
Children's songs
  • "Otsukai ari-san" (おつかいありさん?)
  • "Zō-san" (ぞうさん?)
  • "Yagi-san yūbin" (やぎさんゆうびん?)
  • "Katatsumuri" (カタツムリ?)

Film scores[edit]

Music for the radio[edit]


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