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Toru Takemitsu

1930 - 1996

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Tōru Takemitsu (武満 徹, pronounced [takeꜜmitsɯ̥ toːɾɯ]; 8 October 1930 – 20 February 1996) was a Japanese composer and writer on aesthetics and music theory. Largely self-taught, Takemitsu was admired for the subtle manipulation of instrumental and orchestral timbre. He is known for combining elements of oriental and occidental philosophy and for fusing sound with silence and tradition with innovation.He composed several hundred independent works of music, scored more than ninety films and published twenty books. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Toru Takemitsu has received more than 339,964 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Toru Takemitsu is the 346th most popular composer (up from 363rd in 2019), the 288th most popular biography from Japan (up from 327th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Japanese Composer.

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Among composers, Toru Takemitsu ranks 346 out of 1,216Before him are Frank Martin, Cipriano de Rore, Viktor Ullmann, Leroy Anderson, Vladimir Cosma, and Willem Mengelberg. After him are Karl Richter, Louis Marchand, Carl Loewe, Elmer Bernstein, Luigi Dallapiccola, and Johann Adam Reincken.

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Among people born in 1930, Toru Takemitsu ranks 93Before him are James Irwin, Friedrich Gulda, Edgar Mitchell, Ed White, Frank Drake, and Choe Yong-rim. After him are Itamar Franco, Rod Taylor, Elza Soares, Barbara, Ornette Coleman, and Martin Karplus. Among people deceased in 1996, Toru Takemitsu ranks 65Before him are Robert, Archduke of Austria-Este, Brigitte Helm, Albert R. Broccoli, Shūsaku Endō, František Plánička, and Nicu Ceaușescu. After him are Frida Boccara, Geoffrey Wilkinson, Leonor Fini, Mieczysław Weinberg, Michel Debré, and Obdulio Varela.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Toru Takemitsu ranks 288 out of 6,048Before him are Tameo Ide (1908), Yasuo Takamori (1934), Shūsaku Endō (1923), Emperor Yūryaku (418), Emperor Tsuchimikado (1196), and Empress Shōken (1849). After him are Emperor Monmu (683), Yosano Akiko (1878), Maeda Toshiie (1538), Saitō Hajime (1844), Sesshū Tōyō (1420), and Saionji Kinmochi (1849).

Among COMPOSERS In Japan

Among composers born in Japan, Toru Takemitsu ranks 2Before him are Ryuichi Sakamoto (1952). After him are Koichi Sugiyama (1931), Ichirou Mizuki (1948), Miki Matsubara (1959), Shunsuke Kikuchi (1931), Keiko Abe (1937), Nobuo Uematsu (1959), Kenji Kawai (1957), Akira Ifukube (1914), Toshi Ichiyanagi (1933), and Yasushi Akutagawa (1925).