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Shimoyama, Hifumi

Shimoyama, Hifumi

Shimoyama, Hifumi, Japanese composer; b. Aomoriken, June 21, 1930. He studied with Y. Matsudaira. In his music, he followed a determined contemporary path.


DRAMATIC: Halley’s Comet (Fulfillment of a 76-Year Vow), radiophonie piece (1981). ORCH.: Reflections for 3 Groups of Strings (1967; Hamburg, June 27, 1969); Zone for 16 Strings (1970); Fümon for Chamber Orch. and Tape (1974); Saikyo (1981); Cello Concerto (1984); Yugenism I (1988) and 77 for Clarinet, Strings, and Percussion (1998); Ritorno for Strings and Percussion (1994); Doubridge for String Orch. or String Ensemble (1995–96); Cello Concerto (1996); Wave for Cello, Strings, Harp, Piano, and Percussion (1996). CHAMBER: Violin Sonata (1956); String Quartet (1959); Structure for 4 Players (1961); Dialog for Cello and Piano (1962) and 1 to 3 for 2 Guitarists (1963, 1971, 1984); 2 Ceremonies for Cello (1969, 1971); Exorcism for 5 Strings (1970); MSP for Violin and Piano (1972); Wave for Cello, Strings, Harp, Piano, and Percussion (1972); Transmigration I for Percussion and Double Bass (1973) and 77 for Shakuhachi, Cello, and Harp (1984); Poem for Cello, Piano, and Tape (1974); Kaisho for Organ and Percussion (1982); Meditation for Cello and Piano (1983); Fümon IV for Percussion and Tape (1984) and V for Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Cello, Double Bass, Percussion, and Tape (1992); Cube for 8 Cellos and Timpani (1985); The Da I (1985) and 77 (1991) for 4 Percussionists; Emanation for Alto Saxophone and Percussion (1986); Mirage for Cello and Percussion (1989); Ichigo no Tsukikage for Koto, Cello, and Tape (1989–90); Aira for Cello (1990); Gamma for Guitar and String Trio (1990); Solo for Cello (1993); 3 Visions for Wind Quintet and Percussion (1993); Keikyo for Clarinet, Double Bass, Percussion, and Tape (1994); 4 Landcapes for HET for Flute, Bass Clarinet, Piano, and Percussion (1994); The DA for Marimba and 3 Percussionists (1995); Zone for 16 Strings (1996); Fantasy for Kaguya-hime for Shakuhachi, Piano, Percussion, and String Quartet (1998); Exorcism for String Quartet (1998). VOCAL: Breath for Chorus, Percussion, Piano, and 3 Horns (1971; Tokyo, Nov. 9, 1972); Voices for 3 Soloists and 2 Percussionists (1985); Catalysis III for Soprano and Tuba (1991).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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