Ikebe, Shin-Ichiro

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Ikebe, Shin-Ichiro

Ikebe, Shin-Ichiro, Japanese composer and teacher; b. Mito City, Sept. 15, 1943. He studied with Ikenouchi, Yashiro, and Miyoshi at the Tokyo Univ. of Fine Arts and Music (graduated, 1967), where he later was an assistant (1971–77). Subsequently he served as a prof. at the Tokyo Coll. of Music. He won the Prix Italia in 1976, the music prize of the Japanese Academy in 1980, 1984, and 1992, and the Otaka Prize in 1991.


dramatic:The Death Goddess, opera (NHK-TV, July 25, 1971); The Whistling of the Wind, television musical fantasy (1976); The Silence, radiophonic music drama (1977); The Adventures of Pinocchio, musical comedy (1981); Hoichi, the Earless, opera (1982); Cleopatra, Her Love and Death, ballet (1983); Mobile et Immobile, ballet (1984); The Window, musical drama (1986); Chichibu-Bansho, opera (1988); Taw’s Tree, choral opera (1991–92); Oshichi, opera (1995); Dugong’s Lullaby, opera (1996). ORCH.: Movement (1965); Construction (1966); 2 piano concertos: No. 1 (1966–67) and No. 2, Tu M’ (1987); 6 numbered syms.: No. 1 (1967; Tokyo, March 30, 1968), No. 2, Trias (1979), No. 3, Ego Phano (1984), No. 4 (1990), No. 5, Simplex (1990), and No. 6, On the Individual Coordinates (1993); 2 unnumbered syms.: Petite symphonie pour enfants for Small Orch. (1969) and Symphony for Green and Friendship (1987); Lion for Brass Ensemble (1969); Energia for 60 Players (1970); Dimorphism for Organ and Orch. (1974); Quadrants for Japanese Instruments and Orch. (1974); “Haru-no-umi” (1980); Violin Concerto (1981); Imagine (1983); Overture for the Time of Flying Star (1984); Overture for the Coming of the New Spring (1986); Overture for the Nile (1988); Spontaneous Ignition (1989); Hokkai Swells, symphonic study (1992); Fantasy of Ryukyo (1993); Almost a Tree, cello concerto (1996); Les Bois Tristes (1998). CHAMBER: Violin Sonata (1965); Crepa in sette capitoli for Violin, 3 Violas, Cello, and Double Bass (1966); Trio for Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon (1966); Raccontino for Violin and Piano (1967); Un-en for 2 Kotos, Ju-shichi-gen, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass (1970); Clipper by 9 for Nonet (1971); Trivalence I for Flute, Violin, and Piano or Organ (1971) and II for Harpsichord, Clarinet, and Cello (1973); Flash! for Flute Ensemble (1972); Monovalence I for Marimba (1972); Spirals for 9 Horns(1979); Black Blank Blaze for 9 Clarinets (1982); Strata I for String Quartet (1988), II for Flute (1988), III for Clarinet and Cello (1989), IV for Oboe and Double Bass (1994), and V for String Quartet (1995); Safari I and II for Percussion (1990); Quinquévalence for Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, and Piano (1991); Thermal Conductivity for Ondes Martenot (1995); Quatrevalence II for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano (1997); Bivalence I for 2 Cellos (1997) and II for 2 Violins (1997). Piano: Hitches in the Stories (1988). VOCAL: Kusabi for Women’s Chorus, II Players, and Dancers (1972); Mizu Kuguru Monogatari for Soprano, Baritone, Women’s Chorus, and Chamber Orch. (1984);Oedipus’s Pilgrimage for Joruri, Men’s Chorus, and 10 Players (1984); Himeji, symphonic poem for Chorus and Orch. (1989); For a Beautiful Star, cantata (1990); The Freezing Fields, Brilliantly, cantata (1998); choruses; songs.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire