Posts Tagged "Sendai"

The Premiere of Kate I. Hansen’s Slesvig, Sendai, 11 June 1932

The Premiere of Kate I. Hansen’s Slesvig, Sendai, 11 June 1932

  • 5th June 2018

As described in my previous blog, The Suzuki String Quartet and Kate I. Hansen’s Slesvig, the first performance of the entire quartet, Slesvig (or “Schlesvig”, as Hansen spells the title), took place on 11 June 1932, at Miyagi College in Sendai. Hansen had taught at the college since 1907 and…

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The Suzuki String Quartet and Kate I. Hansen’s ‘Slesvig’

The Suzuki String Quartet and Kate I. Hansen’s ‘Slesvig’

  • 28th May 2018

Kate I. Hansen’s work Slesvig was first performed by the Suzuki String Quartet in 1932. How she met them is unclear, but at the time professional string quartets in Japan hardly existed. The Quartet was founded by Suzuki Shin’ichi (1898-1998) soon after his return from Berlin, where he studied from…

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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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