Tue Aug 7 19:09:34 EDT 2007
The Asahi and other papers report that the composer Matsumura Teizo
died on the 6th of pneumonia. He was 78 years old.
My wife was quite sad to hear of his death since she organized an
interview with him in Documentary Box two years ago. This is the
profile that ran with the interview:
Born in Kyoto in 1929. Composer. Studied under Ikenouchi Tomojiro and
Ifukube Akira. After winning first place in the Mainichi Concours Music
Composition Division in 1955 released several compositions, including
Prelude for Orchestra and Piano Concerto No. 1 and No. 2. In 1978, won
the Suntory Music Award and received a commission to compose an opera.
Silence took over thirteen years to write and was first performed in
1993 to critical acclaim as the birth of a new kind of opera. The
following year, a Matsumura Teizo retrospective was organized in New
York and drew high praise as well. Has contributed music to many stage
and over 100 film productions, including collaborations on many films
from directors Kumai Kei and Kuroki Kazuo. Apart from Life (?Chi no
mure,? dir. Kumai Kei, 1970) and The Long Darkness (?Shinobukawa,? dir.
Kumai Kei, 1972) both won the Best Film Score Award at the Mainichi
Film Concours for their respective years. Received a Purple Ribbon
Medal in 1990. Has talent not only in the world of music, but also in
haiku and essay writing. Published writings include Fidelio-sho
Haiku-shu by Matsumura Teizo.
I encourage you to take a look at the interview with this very special
composer. Although there are many great composers for Japanese film,
there are not many interviews with them available in English.
Film Studies Program/East Asian Languages and Literatures
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