Posts Tagged "Japan"

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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Shikama Totsuji: Chinese Classics and Western Music

Shikama Totsuji: Chinese Classics and Western Music

  • 24th February 2017

Even after finishing Not by Love Alone, I still wonder at the rapid spread of Western music in 19th– and early 20th-century Japan. Like others writing about the history of Western music in Japan, I made much of the Japanese pioneers who studied in the West or had Western teachers….

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