Toru Takemitsu

1930 - 1996

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Tōru Takemitsu (武満 徹, Takemitsu Tōru, October 8, 1930 – February 20, 1996; pronounced [takeꜜmitsɯ̥ toːɾɯ]) 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 325,850 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Toru Takemitsu is the 363rd most popular composer (up from 383rd in 2019), the 327th most popular biography from Japan (up from 353rd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Japanese Composer.

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Among composers, Toru Takemitsu ranks 363 out of 1,228Before him are Edgard Varèse, Ignaz Moscheles, Johann Kuhnau, Francesco Cilea, Vladimir Cosma, and Hans Werner Henze. After him are Louis Durey, Viktor Ullmann, Henri Dutilleux, Francesco Gasparini, Reinhard Keiser, and Cécile Chaminade.

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Among people born in 1930, Toru Takemitsu ranks 109Before him are Mario Adorf, Frank Drake, Ornette Coleman, James Irwin, José Sarney, and Son Sen. After him are Barbara, Mary Quant, John Frankenheimer, Franzl Lang, Mauro Ramos, and Sławomir Mrożek. Among people deceased in 1996, Toru Takemitsu ranks 63Before him are Frida Boccara, Obdulio Varela, Bob Paisley, Alain Poher, Lars Ahlfors, and Saul Bass. After him are Koichi Oita, Piet Hein, Albrecht, Duke of Bavaria, William Vickrey, Mieczysław Weinberg, and Nicu Ceaușescu.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Toru Takemitsu ranks 327 out of 5,560Before him are Masahito, Prince Hitachi (1935), Hisao Kami (1941), Waichiro Omura (1933), Saionji Kinmochi (1849), Shimazu Yoshihiro (1535), and Prince Yasuhiko Asaka (1887). After him are Tanaka Giichi (1864), Toshihide Maskawa (1940), Tomohiko Ikoma (1932), Kunitaka Sueoka (1917), Kenji Tochio (1941), and Emperor Buretsu (489).

Among COMPOSERS In Japan

Among composers born in Japan, Toru Takemitsu ranks 2Before him are Ryuichi Sakamoto (1952). After him are Ichirou Mizuki (1948), Keiko Abe (1937), Shunsuke Kikuchi (1931), Nobuo Uematsu (1959), Koichi Sugiyama (1931), Toshi Ichiyanagi (1933), Akira Ifukube (1914), Kenji Kawai (1957), Koji Kondo (1961), and Akira Yamaoka (1968).