Shibata, Minao, Japanese composer; b. Tokyo, Sept. 29, 1916. He studied science at the Univ. of Tokyo (graduated, 1939) and music with Saburo Moroi (1940–43). From 1959 to 1969 he taught at the Tokyo National Univ. of Fine Arts and Music.
DRAMATIC: Opera: Strada a Roma, radio opera (1961); Forgotten Boys (1990). ORCH.: Sinfonia (Tokyo, Dec. 12, 1960); Consort for Orch. and Tape (1972–73); Metaphor for 27 Japanese Instruments (1975); YŪgaku for Orch. and Tape (1977); Diaphonia for Orch. and Tape (1979); u235 and the Peace of Mankind (1983); Metafonia (1984); Antifonia (1989). CHAMBER : 2 string quartets (1943, 1947); Classical Suite for Violin and Piano (1953); Essay for 3 Trumpets and 3 Trombones (1965); Imagery for Marimba (1969); Display 70 I (1969) and II (1970) for Ryuteki, Marimba, Percussion, and Tape; Concerto for 8 for 8 Flutes (1971); Trimurti for Flute, Violin, Keyboard, and Electronics (1973–74); Ashirai for 6 Percussionists (1980). KEYBOARD : Piano: Sonata (1943); 2 Improvisations (1957, 1968); Generation (1981). O r g a n: Diferencias (1983). VOCAL: Symbology for Soprano and Chamber Orch. (1953); Black Portrait for Soprano and Chamber Orch. (1954); 3 Poems on Katsue Kitazono for Soprano and Chamber Orch. (1953); Black Portrait for Soprano and Chamber Orch. (1954); 3 Poems on Chorus and 4 Percussion (1960); Poem Recited in the Night for Soprano and Chamber Orch. (1963); L’Oiseau noir en soliel Levant for Narrator, 6 Soloists, Piano, Percussion, and Synthesizer (1986). OTHER: Musique concrète for Tape (1955); Improvisation for Electronic Sound (1968).
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