Wolfgang Breyer

Akira Ifukube

The following interview took place at Mr. Ifukube‘s house (in a garden-city district of Tokyo) during my concert tour with the “Wiener Johann Strauss Orchestra” in January 1991 and January 1993. As a collector of antique samovars and tea pots/cups, Mr. Ifukube personally served us traditional Japanese green tea, which is a great honor for…

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Alan Menken

Where were you born, what is your musical background, and how did you become a film composer? I was born in New York City, in Manhattan. When I was very young we moved to New Rochelle, which is above New York. My dad is a dentist, and all the men in our family were dentists….

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Leonard Rosenman

Wolfgang Breyer: Maybe it would be best if you briefly discussed your early life as a musician… My early life as a musician did not exist: I was a painter originally, and I started piano lessons at the age of 15 just as a hobby. And then I began to win prizes for my piano…

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Toru Takemitsu

This public conversation between Toru Takemitsu and Karsten Witt (General Manager of the “Konzerthaus” in Vienna) took place during the Contemporary Music Festival on Nov.4, 1993. The interview was recorded and transcribed by Wolfgang Breyer, and edited for publication by Randall D. Larson. You were born in 1930 and started to study composition at the…

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