Tōru Takemitsu pronounced [takeꜜmitsɯ̥ toːɾɯ] was a Japanese composer and writer on Toru Takemitsu: Air, John McMurtery, flute; Toru Takemitsu: Voice, John McMurtery, flute; Toru Takemitsu: Guitar, Shin-Ichi Fukuda, guitar. More by Toru Takemitsu. Takemitsu: Complete Works for Piano · 武満徹:管弦楽曲 集 · Takemitsu: Music For Orchestra ( Years Of Classical Music, Vol. 96). Air () by Toru Takemitsu for flute. Takemitsu’s last composition, Air for solo flute (), was dedicated to the great Swiss flutist Aurèle Nicolet on the.
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Composed inAir for flute solo, lasting taekmitsu over six minutes, is Takemitsu ‘s last completed work. Throughout his career, he had created exceptionally original pieces that featured the flute and alto flute, such as Toward the Sea I, II, III, for various combinations of alto flute, strings, harp and guitarVoice for Solo FlutistI Hear the Water Dreaming for flute and orchestra, and Mask Perhaps it is only fit, then, that his last musical blessing takemigsu to us should have been this beautiful set of variations in rondo form perhaps his most often used compositional structure for one of his favorite instruments.
Air – Solo flute
The work opens with a brief, impressionistic introductory passage. We then hear a central four-note signatory motif which is played twice, the second time sounding like a distant echo or response from a bird in another tree. The opening is repeated with descending whole-tone scales, and again the motif is repeated. This time it is expanded through arpeggios.
The mood soon becomes more internal, with little sighs and an occasional flighty gesture. The motif is repeated but the order of notes is changed. A series of ascending arcs follows. The motif is added to and then talemitsu. Then the motif is treated in an all-ascending order. The music becomes more lively with use of flutter-tongue technique and insistent marcato accents descending through two octaves.
Unlike in his other flute works, Takemitsu uses few unusual techniques in this piece, other than flutter-tonguing and a few “bent” or slow glissando notes. The motif is again repeated, this time emphatically.
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