Hirayoshi, Takekuni, Japanese composer; b. Kobe, July 10, 1936; d. 1998. He studied with Yoshio Hasegawa at the Tokyo Univ. of Arts (1955–61), and later attended the graduate school there (1963–67). His Symphonic Variations was awarded the 1969 Odaka Prize.
ORCH.: Composition (1962); Ballade (1966); Symphonic Variations (Tokyo, Oct. 23, 1969); Ballade for Organ and Orch. (1974); Requiem for Violin and Orch. (1975); Guitar Concerto (1980); A Landscape of the Sea for Timpani and Orch. (1981); Poem of Kobe for Orch. (1989). CHAMBER: String Quartet (1960); Dialog for Marimba, Flute, Clarinet, and Cello (1968); Prelude and Fantasia for Guitar (1970); Monodrama for Piano (1970); Impromptu for Flute, Violin, and Piano (1970); Epitaph for Cello (1971); Octet for 4 Japanese Instruments and String Quartet (1972); Epitaph for 2 Flutes (1973); Song of the Wind for 2 Marimbas (1973); The Carnival Has Come for Piano, 4-Hands (1985); Elegia for Viola (1990); El vent de Catalyuna for Guitar and String Quartet (1991); Rhapsody for Brass Octet (1992); Stars Party for 5 Players (1992).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire