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Waka and Other Compositions: Contemporary Music of Japan

Various Artists
Waka and Other Compositions: Contemporary Music of Japan

This 1960 release is a selection of compositions by Japanese experimental composer Michiko Toyama. The 12 compositions are drawn from traditional Japanese musical forms with additional influence from many of the experimental composers in the West that were active during the twentieth century. Some pieces are sung with instrumental accompaniment; others are spoken poetry. The instrumentation consists of a mix of traditional Japanese and modern Western instruments, including electronic ones. Liner notes include a short biography of Toyama and brief background information on the tracks along with the text of the songs and poems in English and Japanese.

Track Listing

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101
Waka (Part 1) n/a 2:52
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102
Waka (Part 2) n/a 3:26
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103
The Voice of Yamato: The Death of Yakamaro n/a 3:32
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104
The Voice of Yamato: Spring n/a 1:24
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105
The Voice of Yamato: Echo n/a 2:11
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106
The Voice of Yamato: Prayer n/a 2:27
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107
The Voice of Yamato: The Fairy Land of Yamato n/a 3:02
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201
Torianse (Let Us Pass) / Takai Yama Kara (From the High Mountain) (medley) Hana Ito 2:38
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202
Aoi No Ue (Princess Hollyhock) n/a 7:09
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203
Japanese Suite: Lullaby n/a 3:39
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204
Japanese Suite: Oiwake n/a 4:10
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205
Japanese Suite: Rice Husking Song n/a 2:20

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