WORKS OF THE 1960s


Fox's Sword Dance (1960)

A Shanty of the Shiretoko Peninsula (1960)

Ode to Hokkaido (1961)
Brief description: Work for orchestra and choir. Ifukube also made an arrangement for soprano and piano.

Ritmica Ostinata for Piano and Orchestra (1961)
Brief description: Concerto for piano and orchestra in one continuous movement. Ifukube employs rhythmic patterns of 5 and 7 beats to the measure throughout this pianistically demanding work, which is based on the rhythmic characteristics of traditional Japanese poetry. Premièred in October 1961 in Tokyo.

Symphonic Suite - The Little Prince and the 8-Headed Dragon (1964/2003)
Brief description: Ifukube wrote the celebrated score for one of the most famous anime films of all time, The Little Prince and the 8-Headed Dragon, in 1961. In 2003 he arranged the score into a multi-movement concert suite.

La Fontaine sacrée - (1964/2000)
Brief description: Work scored for soprano, viola, bassoon and harp. The melody is taken from the Sacred Fountain theme of the 1964 film, Mothra vs. Godzilla. The lyrics are in the Malay language.

Toka, Cantilena ballabile sul mode antico de Giappone (1967)
Brief description: Work for solo guitar dedicated to the composer's son, Kiwami.

Kugoka, Aria concertata di Kugo-Arpa (1969, revised 1989)
Brief description: Work for solo guitar, dedicated to Masaru Kono.



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