Moroi, Makoto

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Moroi, Makoto

Moroi, Makoto, Japanese composer and teacher, son of Saburo Moroi; b. Tokyo, March 12,1930. He was a student of his father and of Ikenouchi at the Tokyo National Univ. of Fine Arts and Music (1948–52), and subsequently devoted himself to composition and teaching. He has utilized ancient Japanese elements, serial procedures, and sonorism in developing his compositional style.


orch.:Composition 1(1951–53), 2 (1958), and 5, Ode to Arnold Schoenberg, for Chamber Orch. (1961); Suite classique(1953); Suite concertante for Violin and Orch. (1963); Piano Concerto (1966); Vision of Cain(1966); Sym. (Tokyo, Nov. 7, 1968); Concerto for Shakuhachi, Strings, and Percussion (1970–71); Sym. for Voice, Percussion, Japanese Instruments, and Tape (1972); Sinfonia concertante No. 3, Demise of Mythologies, for Marimba, Sanjū-gen, Organ, and Orch. (1992). chamber:Musica da camera 3 for Viola and Wind Quintet (1951) and 4 for String Quartet (1954); Ordre for Cello and Piano (1958); 5 epigrammes for 7 Instruments (1964); Toccata, Sarabande, and Tarantella for Strings and Piano (1964); Les Farces for Violin (1970); piano music; pieces for Solo Japanese Instruments. vocal:Développements raréfiants for Soprano and Chamber Group (1957); Composition 3 for Narrator, Men’s Chorus, and Orch. (1958) and 4 for Narrator, 3 Speaking Sopranos, Chorus, and Orch. (1960); Stars of Pythagoras for Narrator, Chorus, Chamber Orch., and Tape (1959); Cantata da camera 1 for Narrator, Men’s Chorus, Ondes Martenot, Harpsichord, and 3 Percussionists (1959) and 2, Blue Cylinder, for Narrator, Soprano, Chorus, and Chamber Orch. (1959); The Red Cocoon for Narrator, Pantomime, 2 Choruses, Orch., and Tape (1960); Phaeton, the Coachman for Narrator, Voice, Chorus, and Tape (1965); Izumo, My Home! for Baritone, Soprano, Chorus, Orch., and Tape (1970).

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