Songs of Autumn from the Heian Period (1932)
description: Akira Ifukube's first known attempt at composition,
scored for mezzo-soprano and piano. Believed lost for over eighty
years, it received its first known public performance in July 2016
at the Tokyo College of Music.
Brief description: Work for solo guitar, inspired
by an Ainu dance. Score is lost.
for solo guitar. Score is lost.
description: Work for solo
piano and Ifukube's first published work. Four
movements: Bon Odori (Allegro energico), Tanabata (Lento
tranquillo), Nagashi (Quasi burlesco), Nebuta (Marciale
pesante). Piano Suite was performed by Gino Gorini at the Venice
International Contemporary Music Festival in 1938. Dedicated
to the American pianist George Copeland.
first orchestral work. Two movements: Nocturne and Fête.
Japanese Rhapsody requires a large orchestra with triple woodwind
and an unusually extended percussion section. Completed at the composer's
isolated forest cabin in 1935. Later that same year, Japanese Rhapsody
won the Tcherepnin Prize in Paris. In 1936 it debuted in Boston. In
1938 the Nocturne movement was performed in various European
cities and, upon its Helsinki première, it won the admiration
of Jean Sibelius. Dedicated to the Russian-American conductor Fabien
description: Work for chamber orchestra in three movements:
Payses (Tempo di jimkuu), Timbe (Nom regional), Pakkai
(Chant d'Aino). Ifukube began work on this piece at his forest cabin
and completed it at the Gomi-ryokan (Japanese-style inn) in
Akkeshi, Hokkaido. Its three movements are descriptive of scenes from
Akkeshi. Dedicated to Alexander and Louisine Tcherepnin.
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