Shin’ichirō Ikebe

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Shin’ichirō Ikebe (Japanese: 池辺 晋一郎 Ikebe Shin'ichirō; born September 15, 1943 in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese composer of contemporary classical music. He has written the scores for many films by Akira Kurosawa and other Japanese film directors, including Kagemusha (1980), MacArthur's Children (1984), Kurosawa's Dreams (1990), Rhapsody in August (1991), Madadayo (1993), and Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2001).

He studied composition with Tomojirō Ikenouchi, Akio Yashiro, and Akira Miyoshi at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, obtaining a master's degree in 1971. He serves as a professor at the Tokyo College of Music. He had several awards up to 2004, such as Excellence at the Salzburg TV Opera, The Italian Broadcasting Corporation, that is, RAI, The International Emmy Award, the Otaka Award, Broadcasting Culture Award, Yoshio Sagawa incentive Award, Medal with Purple Ribbon.

Selected works[edit]

  • Symphony no. 3
  • Symphony no. 5 "Simplex"
  • Music to "Kagemusha"
  • War song
  • Spirit in the fields
  • Sanshuu Road
  • Dreams

List of Works[edit]

Orchestral Works[edit]

  • Movement for Orchestra, 1964
  • Construction, two pieces for orchestra, 1966
  • Piano Concerto No. 1, 1967
  • Symphony No. 1, 1967
  • Little Symphony, 1969
  • Energeia for 60 musicians, 1970
  • Kusabi, Dance Music, 1972
  • Dimorphism for organ and orchestra, 1974
  • Quadrants for Japanese instruments and orchestra, 1974
  • Creature, Ballet, 1974
  • Oshichi, She Is in the Flame, dance music, 1978
  • Takeru, Dance Music, 1979
  • Symphony No. 2 "Trias", 1979
  • Haru-no-umi for Orchestra, 1980
  • Violin Concerto, 1981
  • Elegiac Lines for strings, 1982
  • Imagine for orchestra, 1983
  • I hera the piano... Amadeus for two wind groups and organ, 1983
  • Echigo-Jishi for sangen and orchestra, 1983
  • Cleopatra—Her Love and Death, ballet, 1983
  • Mobile et Immobile, ballet, 1984
  • Symphony No. 3 "EgoPhano", 1984
  • Mizu-kuguru monogatari, dance music, 1984
  • Overture for the Time of Flying Star, 1984
  • Overture for the Coming of the New Spring, paraphrase of Antonio Vivaldi and homage to Maurice Ravel, 1986
  • To-to taru, ichiitai-sui, ballet, 1986
  • Mandolin Mandoriale for mandolin orchestra, 1986
  • Piano Concerto No. 2, 1987
  • Overture or Nile, 1988
  • Overture "Mito", 1989
  • River/Shout, symphonic piece, 1988
  • Fantasy of Kyushu, symphonic piece, 1989
  • Landscape for wind ensemble, 1989
  • Spontaneous Ignition for orchestra, 1989
  • For the Earth, dance music, 1989
  • Overture for the song lovers, 1990
  • Simphony No. 4, 1990
  • Symphony No. 5 "SIMPLEX", 1990
  • Hokkai, symphonic piece, 1992
  • Fantasy of Ryukyu, symphonic piece, 1993
  • Symphony No. 6 "On the Individual Coordinates", 1993
  • Mountain/Fragrant, symphonic piece, 1994
  • The Glossy-Leaved Forest for strings, 1995
  • Almost a tree, concerto for cello and orchestra, 1996
  • Les bois tristes for orchestra, 1998
  • The License of Blaze, concerto for bassoon and orchestra, 1999-2004
  • Symphony No. 7 "To the Sympathy for a Drip", 1999
  • The Times of Quickening for wind ensemble, 1999
  • The Echo of K Ai for orchestra, 1999
  • Saka-Sakasa-Kasa, march concertante, 2000–02
  • Prelude for Celebration, 2000
  • The Origin of Water for orchestra, 2001
  • Fanfare for the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, 2002
  • Fan-Faring for orchestra and mixed choir, 2002
  • The Chronicle of 3776 Meters for orchestra, 2003
  • Sitting on the Sand, Face to Face, concerto for flute and orchestra, 2003
  • After the Dreams, 2003
  • Tanada I for orchestra, 22004
  • The Warmth in Your Home for orchestra, 2004
  • Falling Particles of... for chamber orchestra, 2005
  • As a Shade Tree, concerto for san-gen and orchestra, 2005
  • Nakatsugawa, 2005
  • Mandolin Mandoriale 2 for mandolin orchestra, 2006
  • Luminescence on Ice, concerto for harp and orchestra, 2007
  • Ouju Gaga, for gagaku, 2009

Operas, cantatas and musicals[edit]

  • The Death Goddess, opera, 1971
  • A Red Shoes, musical drama, 1975
  • The Silence, musical drama for radio, 1977
  • The Adventure of Pinocchio, musical, 1981
  • On ne badine pas avec l'amour, musical, 1982
  • Hoichi, the earless, opera, 1982
  • Never ending story, musical, 1984
  • Taro in the Wonder Woods, musical, 1985
  • The Window, musical drama, 1986
  • Chichibu-Bansho, opera, 1988
  • Carmen, Capriccio Based on Georges Bizet, 1989
  • For a Beautiful Star, cantata, 1990
  • Watatsumi no iroko no miya, cantata, 1990
  • Shin, Zen, Bi, cantata, 1994
  • Oshichi, opera, 1995
  • The Down/Ocean, Mountain, Rivers and Human Beings, cantata, 1996
  • Dugong's Lullaby, opera, 1996
  • Freezing Field... Glaring, cantata, 1996
  • Yobikawasu sanga, oratorio, 2001
  • Takagami, opera, 2001
  • The forrests are living, musical, 2003
  • Kotsuru, opera, 22003
  • Onihachi, opera, 2004
  • Sagan Rhapsody, 2004
  • The Path of Spiritual Growth, cantata, 2006
  • Cursor, musical, 2007
  • The Bridge, cantata, 2007
  • Umi yo. haha yo, cantata, 2008

Film Music[edit]

  • Vengeance is Mine (director: Shōhei Imamura, 1979)
  • The Shadow Warrior (director: Akira Kurosawa, 1980)
  • Himeyuri no Tō (director: Imai Tadashi, 1982)
  • The Ballad of Narayama (director: Shōhei Imamura, 1983)
  • MacArthur’s Children (director: Masahiro Shinoda, 1984)
  • Dreams (director: Akira Kurosawa, 1989
  • Takeshi (director: Masahiro Shinoda, 1990)
  • Rhapsody in August (director: Akira Kurosawa, 1991)
  • The Eel (director: Shōhei Imamura, 1997)
  • Spy Sorge (director: Masahiro Shinoda, 2003)
  • Bart no Gakuen (director: Masanobu Deme, 2006)
  • Kantoku, Banzai! (director: Takeshi Kitano, 2007),

References[edit]

  • Itoh, Tatsuhiko. 2001. "Ikebe, Shin′ichirō". The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell. London: Macmillan Publishers.

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