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Japanese songs for soprano and piano

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Special concert of traditional and new melodies.


After Japan had opened its door to Western influences in the second half of the 19th century, a new repertoire of arrangements of traditional songs came about.

In the same way Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály was inspired by folk music and arranged it beautifully for modern concert practice, Japanese composers such as Kosaku / Kósçak Yamada (1886-1965), Yoshinao Nakada (1923-2000) and Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996) have done the same with their heritage.

Quite a few of these beautiful songs are favorites of the Japanese people to this day. The tradition is blooming with young musicians like Masakazu Yamamoto (1975-) continuously adding to the repertoire. He is the pianist during this concert in which he accompanies soprano Seika Kawaguchi in a programme that includes among many other wonderful pieces a setting of the world famous song Sakura ‘cherry blossom’.

This repertoire is not performed often in the West and the excellent musicians are a guarantee for a very special musical experience.

Seika Kawaguchi – soprano

Masakazu Yamamoto – piano


Works by Kósçak Yamada, Yoshinao Nakada, Toru Takemitsu and Masakazu Yamamoto


Data & time

Friday, 6 maart 2015



Haagse Kunstkring

Denneweg 64, Den Haag


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