Yoshimatsu ~ Composer ABCs

This was probably the hardest because I don’t know even a single one of the possibilities that I came up with. I have never heard of any of them. Well, except Dwight Yoakum but I don’t know if he fits the category of composer or not. I don’t know enough about him as I have never cared at all for country music. But maybe you do so you might know. Regardless, I have chosen to look very quickly at Takashi Yoshimatsu.

Yoshimatsu is a 20th century composer who grew up in Tokyo. He listened to a lot of rock and pop while growing up in the 1960s but was also quite taken with symphonies by classical composers such as Tchaikovsky and Beethoven. This is a pattern that will continue through his life, influence by both progressive pop and rock while simultaneously being influence by the classical world.

He has written in a variety of ways, experimenting with sound through atonal music, jazz, rock, Japanese traditional music, and more. One of his most commonly known pieces is a tribute to those who influenced it (the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Emerson, Lake & Palmer). This work for string music sounds interesting so I looked it up. It is titled Atom Hearts Club Suites. Below is a movement from the first one.

Yoshimatsu has written concertos for instruments that do not traditionally get solo pieces, including bassoon, cello, guitar, trombone, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, marimba, chamber orchestra, traditional Japanese instruments, and two for piano (one for the left hand only and one for both hands). There are also a number of symphonies included his list of compositions. Among his other credits is the music for the 2003 remake of the anime series Astro Boy.

Lori, At Home.

Composer ABCs in this series:
A – Leroy Anderson
B – Bernstein, Bizet, Bax
C – Copland
D – Debussy and de Meij
E – Elgar
F – Fauré
G – Grainger and Ginastera
H – Holst
I – Ives
J – Joplin and Janacek
K – Kern
L – Liszt
M – Mussorgsky
N – Nelson
O – Offenbach
P – Palestrina and Prokofiev
Q – Quilter
R – Respighi, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff, Ravel
S – Saint-Saëns, Shostakovich, Still, Smetana, Sibelius
T – Tavener & Tchaikovsky
U – Ustvolskaya
V – Vaughan Williams and Villa-Lobos
W – Whitacre & Willson
X – Xenakis

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7 thoughts on “Yoshimatsu ~ Composer ABCs

  1. Ellen October 7, 2021 at 10:05 am Reply

    Interesting sound, for sure. Those players have to be pretty quick for this one. It would make great background music for an action packed movie.

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  3. Annette Vellenga (@athomepets) October 13, 2021 at 1:30 pm Reply

    if more of his music was like this piece I would happily listen to it as background music. Would keep me wanting more. 🙂

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    […] Composer ABCs in this series:A – Leroy AndersonB – Bernstein, Bizet, BaxC – CoplandD – Debussy and de MeijE – ElgarF – FauréG – Grainger and GinasteraH – HolstI – IvesJ – Joplin and JanacekK – KernL – LisztM – MussorgskyN – NelsonO – OffenbachP – Palestrina and ProkofievQ – QuilterR – Respighi, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff, RavelS – Saint-Saëns, Shostakovich, Still, Smetana, SibeliusT – Tavener & TchaikovskyU – UstvolskayaV – Vaughan Williams and Villa-LobosW – Whitacre & WillsonX – XenakisY – Yoshimatsu […]

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