Largely self-taught, worked with the Experimental Workshop in Tokyo in early '50s. Guitarist, pianist. Received Italia Prize in 1958. Influenced by John Cage, jazz, serialism, Debussy, ancient Japanese music, and many world cultures. Unique polyrhythmic and open scoring methods combined with traditional Western notation. First combinations of Western orchestra with traditional Japanese instruments and Gagaku ensembles. Filmscores include Woman in the Dunes (1964), Dode'skaden (1970), Ran (1985), Kwaidan (1964), Under the Cherry Blossoms (1975), Empire of Passion (1978). ~ "Blue" Gene Tyranny, Rovi

Tōru Takemitsu: Nostalghia (1987)
Takemitsu: Complete Works for Piano
Toru Takemitsu - Rain Spell
Toru Takemitsu. From me flows what you call Time
Toru Takemitsu - November Steps (CHARLES DUTOIT & NHK Symphony Orchestra Salzburg Festival 2013)
Tōru Takemitsu - And Then I Knew 'Twas Wind (1992) Score video
Tōru Takemitsu [武満 徹]: In an autumn garden, for gagaku orchestra (Takemitsu, Tokyo Gakuso)
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