Takata, Saburô, Japanese composer and teacher; b. Nagoya, Dec. 18, 1913. He studied with Nobutkoki and Pringsheim at the Tokyo Music School (graduated, 1939). He was a prof, at the Kunitachi Music Coll. in Tokyo (from 1953), and also served as president of the Japanese Society for Contemporary Music (1963-68).
dramatic: Opera: Aoki-okami (The Dark Blue Wolf; 1970-72; Tokyo, Oct. 15, 1972). ORCH.: Ballade Based on a Folk Song from Y amagata (Fantasy and Fugue) (Tokyo, Nov. 15, 1941; rev. 1965); Seasons, suite (1942); Ballade for Violin and Orch. (1943; Tokyo, Jan. 13, 1945); The New Earth and Man (1944); 2 Rhapsodies (both 1945). CHAMBER: Octet for Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, and String Quartet (1939); Prelude and Fugue for String Quartet (1940); Violin Sonata (1948-19); Cello Sonatina (1949-50); Suite for Flute, Oboe, 2 Clarinets, and Bassoon (1951); Marionette, suite for String Quartet (1954); Fantasy for String Quartet (1968). KEYBOARD: Piano: 2 sonatas (1935, 1941); 5 Preludes (1947). Organ: Various pieces. VOCAL: Wordless Tears, cantata for Narrator, Soprano, Baritone, Chorus, and Orch. (Tokyo, March 27, 1964); choruses; songs.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire