Hirao, Kishio, Japanese composer; b. Tokyo, July 8, 1907; d. there, Dec. 15, 1953. He graduated from Keio Univ. in 1930, and also studied composition with Guy de Lioncourt at the Schola Cantorum in Paris (1931–34). He became a prof, at the Tokyo Music Academy.
choreographic drama:Histoire de Wanasa—Otome (1943). ORCH.: Cantilène antique (1937); Variations on a Japanese Theme (1938); Suite for Flute and Orch. (1940); Kinuta, symphonic poem (1942); La Paix, overture (1951). CHAMBER: String Quartet (1940); Flute Sonatina (1941); Octet (1944); Piano Quintet (1945); Violin Sonata (1947); Piano Sonata (1948); Trio for Flute, Violin, and Piano (1949); Wind Quintet (1950); Oboe Sonata (1951).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire