Mitsukuri, Shukichi

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Mitsukuri, Shukichi

Mitsukuri, Shukichi, Japanese composer; b. Tokyo, Oct. 21, 1895; d. Chigasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, May 10, 1971. He graduated in applied chemistry from the engineering dept. of the Imperial Univ. in Tokyo in 1921, then went to Berlin and studied composition with Georg Schumann. Returning to Japan in 1925, he became an Imperial Navy engineering officer. In 1930 he founded a contemporary Japanese composers’ society, Shinko Sakkyokuka, and in 1954 he was appointed a prof, at the Music Academy in Tokyo.


orch.:Sinfonietta classica (Paris, March 6, 1936); 10 Haikai de Basho (Paris, Dec. 10, 1937); Elegy for Chorus and Orch. (1949); 2 syms.: No. 1 (Tokyo, Aug. 22, 1951) and No. 2 (1963); Piano Concertino (Tokyo, Aug. 22, 1953); Piano Concerto (Tokyo, April 23, 1955). chamber: Violin Sonata (1935); Piano Quintet (1955); piano pieces, including Night Rhapsody (1935). Vocal: 3 albums of Japanese folk songs (1950, 1954, 1955).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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