Toru Takemitsu - Quotes

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I always want to write erotic music... Not only about the love between men and women, but in a much more universal sense - about the sensuality of the mechanism of the universe... about life. ---->>>

Although I am basically self taught, I consider Debussy my teacher - the most important elements are colour, light and shadow.

Although I am basically self taught, I consider Debussy my teacher - the most important elements are colour, light and shadow.

Music is a form of prayer. ---->>>

Music should be able to invoke the natural emotions in all human beings. Music is not notes fixed on apiece of paper. ---->>>

Composition gives proper meaning to the natural streams of sound that penetrate the world. ---->>>

The art music of the West has developed through out its history by means of individual geniuses, and out of the soil supporting them; non-Western musicians were born, and grew like the grasses of the field. ---->>>

I probably belong to a type of composer of songs who keeps thinking about melody... I am old fashioned. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Japanese
Born: 10-08, 1930
Birthplace:
Die: 02-20, 1996
Occupation: Composer
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Toru Takemitsu (武満 徹, Takemitsu Tōru, October 8, 1930 – February 20, 1996) pronounced [takeꜜmʲitsɯ̥ toːɾɯ̥] was a Japanese composer and writer on aesthetics and music theory. Largely self-taught, Takemitsu possessed consummate skill in the subtle manipulation of instrumental and orchestral timbre (wikipedia)