Hyogo composer wins first place in Geneva music contest

Music Nov 9, 2015

Hyogo composer wins first place in Geneva music contest

Composer Shoichi Yabuta took first prize in the composition division of the Geneva International Music Competition on Sunday. Four composers including Yabuta made the final stage, where professional players performed their original works for string quartet. Yabuta's "Billow," a seven-minute piece describing the powerful surge of ...

A 'gymnopedist' ahead of his time

Art Aug 18, 2015

A 'gymnopedist' ahead of his time

by Mark Thompson

Erik Satie (1866-1925) said and did a lot of memorable things, many remarkably outlandish. Brilliant and bonkers, he composed works that range from cabaret ditties to a "symphonic drama," from light music for educating children to complex parodies of the masters. And who can ...

'Deaf' composer Samuragochi says he's sorry for deceiving

National Mar 7, 2014

'Deaf' composer Samuragochi says he's sorry for deceiving

by Mizuho Aoki

A month after the shocking revelation by his ghostwriter, the supposedly "deaf" composer Mamoru Samuragochi apologized Friday for deceiving people with his lies. However, the 50-year-old from Hiroshima Prefecture flatly denied composer Takashi Niigaki's claim that he is not deaf, saying he is preparing to ...