TAKI Rentaro

Date of Birth and Death
August 24, 1879 - June 29, 1903
Birthplace (modern name)
Occupation, Status


Composer. After graduating from higher elementary school in Oita Prefecture, he moved to Tokyo and attended the Tokyo Ongaku Gakko school (later Tokyo University of the Arts). He studied under Koyama Sakunosuke. He composed songs like “Kojo no Tsuki”(The Moon over the Ruined Castle), “Hato Poppo”(Pigeon) and “Oshogatsu”(New Year Celebration). In 1901 he went to Germany to study Western music but due to illness he returned to Japan one year later and passed away in 1903. He was the first Japanese composer to incorporate Western music techniques and developed the basis of modern Japanese music.


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