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Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Confronting Silence by Toru Takemitsu. In these writings, available here in English for the first time, the distinguished Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu reflects on his contemporaries, including John Cage, Olivier Messiaen, and Merce Cunningham; on nature, which has profoundly influenced his composition; on film and painting; on relationships between East and West; on traditional Japanese music; and on his ow In these writings, available here in English for the first time, the distinguished Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu reflects on his contemporaries, including John Cage, Olivier Messiaen, and Merce Cunningham; on nature, which has profoundly influenced his composition; on film and painting; on relationships between East and West; on traditional Japanese music; and on his own compositions.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Confronting Silence: Selected Writings. Jul 20, Christopher rated it liked it. Translated and edited by Yoshiko Kakudo and Glenn Glasgow, the contents come from varied sources, some magazine or newspaper articles, others lectures to university crowds. The advertised foreward by Seiji Ozawa is a single paragraph saying basically "I am happy you can read my friend's work.
The description of the challenges Takemitsu faced in combining these two traditions, and of the tension between the modern composer and conservative orchestra are highly interesting and make for greater appreciation of the piece. It is lavishly illustrated with score samples.
It is the only substantial musicological writing here. Most of the pieces, however, are fluff. An obituary essay in memory of Feldman, Nono, and Messiaen is just a simple explanation of who they were and when they died, without any clear information on how they influenced Takemitsu's music. Some of the content is repeated, for how many times do we need the same description of the biwa?
All in all, I'd recommend this book only to committed fans of Takemitsu, and flipping through it in a university library may be the best course of action.
Jun 14, Samuel Cho rated it it was amazing. Takemitsu writes about, although only sparingly, film, paintings and nature. Every sentence has profound meaning to anyone who has invested love in arts.
The words are peaceful and understated, truly reflecting the sentiment that listening, or perceiving in general, is an active process. When I closed the book I felt like I've met the man. My respect for music grew and I felt that I became more sensitive as a musician.
I believe that all those lost in the bustle and clutter of everyday life shou Takemitsu writes about, although only sparingly, film, paintings and nature. I believe that all those lost in the bustle and clutter of everyday life should read these essays.
It is short and it will make living and listening more meaningful. Nov 15, Marxist Monkey rated it it was amazing. Ma is that no-sound that precedes and subsumes all music. Sawari, the physicality of sound, the sound of the sounding body, is the other key concept that Takemitsu explains here. Both these concepts are central to understanding all music--whether that of messiaen, cage, Takemitsu or Sonic Youth.
Takemitsu is not quiet. Don't make that mistake. But he is profound. My roof is leaking. May 26, Laura rated it it was amazing. For a musician these are illuminating essays. Takemitsu writes on his struggle to reconcile Western composition and Eastern aesthetics and philosophy.
He documents his personal search for a sonic realization of 'ma' and a non-counted sensory perception of space and time with his knowledge of Western music vocabulary. Lenny rated it really liked it Feb 03, Giacomo rated it it was amazing Jan 27, Abigail rated it liked it Jan 13, Shevliaskovic rated it really liked it Sep 01, Mohamad rated it it was amazing Feb 08, Alex Diaz rated it it was amazing Dec 11, Brian Kim rated it really liked it May 22, Paul Howe rated it it was amazing Feb 22, Wuiyeon Kim rated it did not like it Mar 21, Matthew Davis rated it really liked it Nov 13, Marty Hicks rated it really liked it Oct 13, George Bieber rated it it was amazing Apr 06, Joe rated it really liked it Jan 01, Atsushi rated it it was amazing Jul 28, Kris Worsley rated it really liked it Nov 05, Denton Peter McCabe rated it really liked it Oct 29, Diana DM R rated it it was amazing Aug 16, Chris Gunnell rated it it was amazing Nov 05, Andrew Ray rated it really liked it Jan 01, Evan Jones rated it it was amazing Dec 11, Rodrigo Bacelar rated it liked it Dec 21, Joseph rated it liked it Mar 27, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing Oct 25, Siavash rated it liked it Sep 21, Duane Denison rated it really liked it Jan 20, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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Confronting Silence: Selected Writings
Confronting Silence : Selected Writings