Friday, 21 September 2007

Toru Takemitsu - Piano Music


"This selection of [Toru Takemitsu's] piano music, extending over 43 years, offers an inclusive overview of his stylistic development from Romance (1949), the nineteen-year-old composer's earliest surviving piano work, to the hypnotic Rain Tree Sketch II (1992), Takemitsu's last work for solo piano. The music ranges widely in style from Pause ininterrompue (1952-59), which shows the influence of Debussy, Scriabin and Messiaen, and the aleatoric Piano Distance (1961), to the nocturnal and meditative For Away (1973) inspired by Indonesian gamelan music." (extract from CD booklet)

01. Romance (1949)
02. Lento in due movimenti, I. Adagio (1950)
03. Lento in due movimenti, II. Lento misteriosamente
04. Pause ininterrompue, I. Slowly, sadly and as if to converse with (1952, 1959)
05. Pause ininterrompue, II. Quietly and with cruel reverberation
06. Pause ininterrompue, III. A song of love
07. Piano Distance (1961)
08. For Away (1973)
09. Les yeux clos (1979)
10. Les yeux clos II (1988)
11. Rain Tree Sketch (1982)
12. Rain Tree Sketch II (1992)
13. Piano Pieces for Children, No. 1 Breeze (1978)
14. Piano Pieces for Children, No. 2 Clouds
15. Litany (recomposition of Lento in due movimenti), I. Adagio (1989)
16. Litany (recomposition of Lento in due movimenti), II. Lento misterioso

3 comments:

vaubu said...

Hi Jessica,

Thank you for the Toru Takemitsu posts. Is there another file for "Piano Music"? I'm missing:
12. Rain Tree Sketch II (1992)
13. Piano Pieces for Children, No. 1 Breeze (1978)
14. Piano Pieces for Children, No. 2 Clouds
15. Litany (recomposition of Lento in due movimenti), I. Adagio (1989)
16. Litany (recomposition of Lento in due movimenti), II. Lento misterioso

Very interesting blog you run here. YUM!

Jessica said...

hey you,

i just downloaded the rar archive linked in the title again and all 16 files are there. May i ask you to do the same? Hopefully it works.

and thank you for your compliment, see how the blog is flushing? ;)

vaubu said...

Yeah, bizarre, the original RAR file I downloaded appeared as a complete file at only 65 mb. Confusion cleared however, and this is a great soundtrack for a new vista! Thanks again!