Posts by: margaret

“Birthday Violinists” in November

“Birthday Violinists” in November

  • 14th November 2015

Several violinists of Japan have birthdays this month, including Etô Toshiya 江藤俊哉 (1927-2008) and Hirose Etsuko 広瀬悦子 (b. 1941) on 9/XI, Kubo Yôko 久保陽子 (b. 1943) on 12/XI, Yasunaga Tôru 安永徹 (b. 1951) on 14/XI, Tokunaga Tsugio 徳永二男 (b. 1946) on 20/XI and Kawabata Narimichi  川畠成道(b. 1971) on 21/XI. Tokunaga…

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Suzuki and Sistema

Suzuki and Sistema

  • 12th October 2015

This month (on 17 October) is Suzuki Shin’ichi’s birthday. Only a year ago, the Suzuki Method was described in the New York Times as “Japan’s Best Overlooked Cultural Export.” Likewise, it still does not seem to be widely known that the Suzuki Method played a role in the development of…

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Presentation in September

Presentation in September

  • 8th August 2015

The violin as an instrument of civilization and progress: one of the first newspaper advertisements, Tokyo Daily Newspaper, 22 April 1888 On 18 September 2015 I will be giving a lecture on the subject of Not by Love Alone at the German-Japanese Society in Bonn (in German). For details see…

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New Online Article!

  • 17th June 2015

NEW article about Not by Love Alone: The Violin in Japan, 1850 – 2010 at www.ignition.co !   The photo pictures the first page of the January 1903 edition of one of the early Music journals, Ongaku no tomo (Friend of Music).

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Tôkyô Shônen Ongakutai  東京少年音楽隊

Tôkyô Shônen Ongakutai  東京少年音楽隊

  • 7th May 2015

Established in 1895 by Shikama Totsuji 四竈訥治(訥堂、1853 – 1928), this youth band was one of the first of its kind. A few years later several department stores founded youth bands. They performed publicly and were important for making Western music more widely heard. The following year Shikama Totsuji moved back…

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