Akira Ifukube passed away



“Godzilla” composer/former president of Tokyo College of Music


Akira Ifukube passed away


On the 8th, Akira Ifukube, a composer famous for his music for the movie “Godzilla,” who has a style full of vernacular energy, and head of the Tokyo Music Academy, attended a concert in Meguro, Kyoto, on the 8th. He died at the hospital. He was 91 years old.


Born in Kushiro City, Hokkaido.


He began composing by himself in junior high school under the old system, and while studying at Hokkaido University’s Faculty of Agriculture, he composed “Japanese Rhapsody,” which won first place in a composition competition held in Paris in 1935, attracting international attention at a young age.


He was exposed to Ainu songs and dances from an early age, and after graduating, while working as a forestry official in Hokkaido, he established a style with lively rhythms and full of vernacular energy.


He produced masterpieces such as orchestral pieces such as “Vernacular Triptych” and “Symphonic Tan Poems,” and vocal pieces such as “Old Giriyak Chantries,” which sought themes from ethnic minorities.


After the war, he taught at the Tokyo School of Music (currently the Faculty of Music at Tokyo University of the Arts) and the Tokyo College of Music, where he nurtured many excellent composers, including Yasushi Akutagawa, Toshiro Mayuzumi, and Teizo Matsumura.


At the same time, he has composed over 300 film scores, including “Burmese Harp” and “Shakyamuni,” and has been “sung” as a master of film music.

At the same time, he composed over 300 film scores, including “Burmese Harp” and “Shakyamuni,” and was hailed as a master of film music. He has been in charge of the music for over 30 monster movies, including the Toho film Godzilla (1954) directed by Eiji Tsuburaya.

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