Toru Takemitsu
Date of Birth
Oct 08, 1930
Birth Place:
Manchuria

Biography

Self-taught musician and composer Toru Takemitsu embraced the leading edge of Japanese new wave music, a style that blended western classical music with traditional Japanese instruments and songs. Two of his best-known works include "Requiem for Strings" composed in 1957 and "November Steps," which was commissioned by Leonard Bernstein to celebrate the New York Philharmonic's 125th anniversary....