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Japanese Violinists’ Birthdays in July

Japanese Violinists’ Birthdays in July

  • 21st July 2016

Birthdays in July include TOKUE Hisako 徳江尚子(比佐子, b. 1945) on 6 July, FURUSAWA Iwao 古澤 巌 (b. 1959) on 11 July, GOTÔ Ryû 五嶋 龍 (b. 1988) on 13 July, TENMA Atsuko 天満 敦子 (b. 1955) on 18 July, as well as FUJIKAWA Mayumi 藤川 真弓 (b. 1946) and SUMI…

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Japanese Violinists’ Birthdays in May

Japanese Violinists’ Birthdays in May

  • 1st May 2016

TÔGI Yûji 東儀祐二 (1928–1985) on 11 May ÔNO Tadasuke  多 忠亮 (1895-1930) on 3 May Both of this month’s violinists come from traditional gagaku families. Gagaku (court orchestra music) originally came to Japan from China and is closely associated with the imperial court. So it is hardly surprising that it was reorganized soon…

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Nineteenth-Century Music Review – Special Japan Issue

Nineteenth-Century Music Review – Special Japan Issue

  • 28th March 2014

The December 2013 issue (Vol.10.2) of Nineteenth-Century Music Review is devoted to music in Japan. I guest edited it and wrote the introduction (pp. 211-22). It contains four articles (pp. 223-321), published for the first time: Yasuko Tsukahara (Professor of Japanese Music History at Tokyo University of the Arts): “State…

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North-Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Third Anniversary

North-Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Third Anniversary

  • 11th March 2014

Today is the third anniversary of the North-Eastern Japan earthquake and tsunami. Last year in Tokyo one could get the impression that it is past history, but along the Sanriku coast recovery is slow and the disaster is still very much present. 3/11 sparked off what I suspect was a…

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