Toshi Ichiyanagi

Japanese composer, pianist (1933-2022)

Toshi Ichiyanagi (一柳 慧, Ichiyanagi Toshi, born 4 February 1933 – 7 October 2022) was a Japanese composer of avant-garde music.

Toshi Ichiyanagi
一柳 慧
Born(1933-02-04)4 February 1933
Died7 October 2022(2022-10-07) (aged 89)
Years active1954–2008
Notable work
Yoko Ono
(m. 1956; div. 1962)

Ichiyanagi was born in Kobe, Japan.

One of his best known works is the 1960 composition Kaiki, which combined Japanese instruments, shō and koto, and western instruments, harmonica and saxophone.

Another work, Distance (1961), required the performers to play from a distance of three meters from their instruments. Anima 7 (1964) stated that chosen action should be performed "as slowly as possible".

Ichiyanagi was married to Yoko Ono from 1956 to 1963.[1]

Ichiyanagi won the 33rd Suntory Music Award (2001). He has been honored with Japan's Order of Culture.[2] Ichiyanagi died on 7 October 2022, at the age of 89.[3]

References change

  1. Japan, An Illustrated Encyclopedia, Kodansha International, Tokyo, 1993, p. 1155 mentions that she married him in 1956, but does not say until when they were married.
  2. "Donald Keene, 7 others win Order of Culture," Archived 2008-10-30 at the Wayback Machine Yomiuri Shimbun. October 29, 2008.
  3. "現代音楽界をリード、作曲家の一柳慧さん89歳で死去…オノ・ヨーコさんと一時期結婚". Yomiuri. 8 October 2022. Archived from the original on 19 October 2022. Retrieved 8 October 2022.

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