Hayashi, Hikaru

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Hayashi, Hikaru

Hayashi, Hikaru, Japanese composer; b. Tokyo, Oct. 22, 1931. He was a student of Otaka and Ikenouchi at the Tokyo Academy of Music.


dramatic: Opera: The Naked King, radio opera (1955); Amanjaku and Urikohime, television opera (1958); The Wife in the Picture (1961); The Chalk Circle (1978; orch. suite, 1982); Legend of White Beasts (1979); Gorsh, the Cellist (1986); Joan of Arc Wearing a Skirt (1987); 12th Night (1989); Hamlet’s Hour (1990); 12 Months and a Girl (1992); 3 Clever Students (1994); Salesman K’s Melancholy (1996); Midsummer Night’s Dream (1996); I Am a Cat (1998). OTHER: Ballet music. ORCH.: Movement (1953); 2 syms.: No. 1 (1953) and No. 2, Canciones (Tokyo, May 18, 1985); Allegro for Strings (1954); Variations (1955); The Humid Area (1960); Music (1965); Carnival: A Wind-born Premonition (1985); Awakening (1991); North/South, chamber concerto for Strings (1993); Northern Sail, guitar concerto (1993); Elegia, viola concerto (1995). CHAMBER: Rhapsody I (1965) and II: Winter on 72nd Street (1968) for Violin and Piano; Contrasts for 2 Marimbas (1965); Flute Sonata (1967); AYA I for Flute and Harp (1970) and II for Harp (1972); Play I for 10 Players (1971) and II for Voice, Violin, and Piano (1971–72); Shirabe for 3 Flutes (1974); America Suite for Flute, Clarinet, Cello, Piano, and Percussion (1983); Legende for String Quartet (1989–90); piano pieces. VOCAL: Beggar’s Song, oratorio (1962); Children of War for Soloists, Narrator, Chorus, and Chamber Orch. (1984); At Noon, the August Sun for Soprano and Orch. (1990); 3 Images for Chorus and Orch. (1998); choruses; solo songs.

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