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Takemitsu, Tōru

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Most widely held works by Tōru Takemitsu
Ran by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

48 editions published between 1985 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 937 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set in 16th century Japan, Ran related the tale of how an aging ruler, Lord Hidetora, announces his intention to divide his land equally among his three sons. This decision to step down unleashes a power struggle among the three, as Hidetora falls prey to the false flattery bestowed upon him by the two older sons and banishes the youngest when he speaks the truth. The ruthless betrayal ultimately drives Hidetora insane, destroying his entire family and kingdom."--Container
Antonio Gaudí( Visual )

7 editions published between 1984 and 2008 in Japanese and English and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film explores the bizarre and whimsical works of the Catalan architect who influenced such artists as Picasso, Miró and Dali
Hara kiri (Seppuku) by Masaki Kobayashi( Visual )

25 editions published between 1962 and 2014 in Japanese and French and held by 654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After an unemployed samurai is forced to commit harakiri before a feudal lord, his father-in-law returns to the scene, seemingly to play out the same agonizing suicide ritual
Ran by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

3 editions published in 2005 in Japanese and Multiple languages and held by 630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An aging warlord decides to split his kingdom between his three sons, who will live in three separate castles. The two eldest sons are quite happy, but the youngest thinks his father has gone mad, and predicts that it won't be long until the two older brothers are fighting with each other
Kwaidan by Masaki Kobayashi( Visual )

16 editions published between 1964 and 2009 in Japanese and French and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most meticulously crafted supernatural fantasy films ever made, "Kwaidan" features four nightmarish tales about mortals caught up in forces beyond their comprehension when the supernatural world intervenes in their lives. For the first time in the West, this is the complete 183 minute cut, incorporating 21 minutes never before seen outside Japan
Chamber music by Tōru Takemitsu( )

23 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shinjū ten no Amijima = Double suicide by Masahiro Shinoda( Visual )

13 editions published between 1969 and 2014 in Japanese and English and held by 549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many films have drawn from classic Japanese theatrical forms, but none with such shocking cinematic effect as director Masahiro Shinoda's Double suicide. in this striking adaptation of a Bunraku puppet play (featuring the music of famed composer Toru Takemitsu), a paper merchant sacrifices family, fortune, and ultimately life for his erotic obsession with a prostitute. Criterion is proud to present Double suicide in a stunning digital transfer, with a new and improved English subtitle translation
A flock descends into the pentagonal garden ; Spirit garden ; Dreamtime by Tōru Takemitsu( Recording )

22 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in 6 languages and held by 537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From me flows what you call time (De moi coule ce que tu appelles le temps). Takemitsu,, Toru
Confronting silence : selected writings by Tōru Takemitsu( Book )

12 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Takemitsu's desire to express thoughts in prose as well as music, not typical of Japanese composers until recently, is more frequently associated with nineteenth-century European composers. With little interest in program music, Takemitsu does not believe that words explain the essence of music. Words are important in his own compositional technique, however, and his interest in writing is certainly more than casual. Words stimulate his imagination and give rise literally to images that in turn activate his sensibilities in his search for sound, the real essence of music
Jōiuchi : hairȳo tsuma shimatsu by Masaki Kobayashi( Visual )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in Japanese and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A clan lord orders an aging swordsman to have his son marry the lord's mistress, but reverses his decision after the young couple falls in love
November steps by Tōru Takemitsu( )

41 editions published between 1968 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Messiaen: Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum pour instruments à vent et percussion métallique / Takemitsu: November Steps for orchestra with shakuhachi and biwa
Takemitsu played by John Williams by Tōru Takemitsu( )

11 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in 3 languages and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Black rain = kuroi ame by Shōhei Imamura( Visual )

4 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mr. and Mrs. Shizuma and their niece Yasuko make their way through the ruins of Hiroshima, devastated by the atomic bomb. Five years later, Yasuko is living with her aunt and uncle, and her senile grandmother, in a village containing many survivors of the bombing. Yasuko does not appear to be affected, but the Shizumas are worried about her marriage prospects, fearing that she might succumb to radiation sickness at any time
Kurutta kajitsu( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in Multiple languages and Japanese and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two brothers compete for the amorous favors of a young woman during a seaside summer of gambling, boating, and drinking. A portrayal of post-war sexual revolution among Japan's young and privileged
Piano works by Aleksandr Nikolayevich Scriabin( )

19 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded Sept. 24, 1990, ABC Studio 210 (1st-6th works) and Sept. 16, 1990, Art Gallery of New South Wales (7th work), Sydney
Kawaita hana( Visual )

8 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A yakuza fresh out of prison becomes entangled with a beautiful yet enigmatic gambling addict. What at first seems a redemptive relationship ends up leading him further down the criminal path
Songs by Tōru Takemitsu( )

4 editions published in 2007 in Japanese and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A flock descends into the pentagonal garden ; Dreamtime ; Star-isle ; Orion and Pleiades by Tōru Takemitsu( )

8 editions published between 1966 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quatrain ; A flock descends into the pentagonal garden by Tōru Takemitsu( Recording )

24 editions published between 1980 and 2005 in 5 languages and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rain tree : the complete solo piano music of Tōru Takemitsu by Tōru Takemitsu( )

3 editions published in 1996 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
RanShinjū ten no Amijima = Double suicideConfronting silence : selected writingsKurutta kajitsuCreative sources for the music of Tōru TakemitsuToru Takemitsu : a bio-bibliographyA memoir of Tōru Takemitsu