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YAMADA, K.: Nagauta Symphony / Meiji Symphony / Maria Magdalena

Composer(s):Yamada, Kosaku
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.557971
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Kósçak Yamada was the first great composer to emerge from Japan after it had begun to accept western classical music. After studies with Max Bruch, Yamada was the first Japanese composer to write symphonies and operas. Nagauta Symphony is an epoch-making work that attempts the fusion of western music and nagauta, Japanese traditional vocal music performed with instruments including the three-stringed shamisen, fues (Japanese flutes) and percussion. In this work, Yamada takes a classic nagauta piece of 1857 to which he adds his original orchestral music. Sinfonia ‘Inno Meiji’ is effectively a symphonic poem which depicts Japan on the way to westernisation from the latter half of the 19th century through to the early 20th century.



Review By David Denton,Naxos,August 2007

Born in 1886, Kosaku Yamada was one of the most prolific composers of the 20th century, having written over 1500 scores, many destroyed in the Second World War. He had been trained in Germany with Max Bruch among his tutors, and became known in his native Japan as the first native musician to form a symphony orchestra in the country. Though he became a potent force there, introducing many Western works to his audiences, over the years he became increasingly attracted to conducting in Europe. You do sense in his music a guilt complex that he had become Westernised, and to counter that feeling tried to integrate the two very differing cultures. One such work was the Nagauta Symphony, where he simply grafts on a symphonic backdrop to the 19th century composition,Tsurukame, played and



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