Fantasia for Baroque Lute – Akira Ifukabe


Please enjoy listening to this beautiful piece that my good brother Dusan B. left sitting around on his Facebook page. Below the embedded video is some info about Ifukabe-san. Enjoy!

Akira Ifukube was born on May 31, 1914 in Kushiro on the Japanese island of Hokkaidō, the third son of a Shinto priest. Much of his childhood was spent in areas with a mixed Japanese and Ainu population, and his father, unusually for the time, socialised with Ainu. Ifukube was strongly influenced by the traditional music of both peoples, and studied the violin and the shamisen. His first encounter with classical music occurred when attending secondary school in Hokkaidō’s capital, Sapporo. Legend has it that Ifukube decided to become a composer at the age of 14 after hearing a radio performance of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet, The Rite of Spring. He also cited the music of Manuel de Falla as a major influence…

Read more about Akira Ifukabe at Wikipedia

 

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