I chose the song "Akatombo
(Dragonfly)" by Kosaku Yamada (1886–1965), whose lieder are extremely well
known in Japan but not so much in the Western world. Having studied at the
Berlin Hochschule with Max Bruch, Yamada is one of the first major composers of
Western art music in Japan. Many of his art songs cater to the speech patterns
of the Japanese language. Written in 1927, the song depicts a sense of
nostalgia for his hometown, brought upon by seeing dragonflies at dusk.
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