Ikenouchi, Tomojirô

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Ikenouchi, Tomojirô

Ikenouchi, Tomojirô, Japanese composer and pedagogue; b. Tokyo, Oct. 21, 1906; d. there, March 9, 1991. He was the first Japanese student at the Paris Cons. (1926–36), where he studied with Fauchet (harmony), Caussade (fugue), and Büsser (composition) and took the premier prix in harmony. In 1936 he joined the faculty of Nihon Univ. in Tokyo, and then was prof. of composition at the Tokyo National Univ. of Fine Arts and Music from 1947. Ikenouchi was highly esteemed as a teacher. His small but well-crafted output reflects the influence of his Western training.


dramatic:Yuya (1942; Tokyo, Feb. 1, 1943).ORCH.: 3 Pieces (1937); 4 Seasons (1938); Umaki-Uta (1938); Sym. (Tokyo, Nov. 4, 1951). CHAMBER: 3 string quartets (1937, 1945, 1946); Fantasy for Cello and Piano (1940); Flute Sonata (1946); Violin Sonata (1946); Cello Sonatina (1946). Piano: Sonatina (1946); Ceremonial Music, duet (1958). VOCAL: Koi no omoni (Burden of Love) for Baritone, Chorus, and Timpani (1974).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire