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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Next Great Art Song - Toru Momii's Favourite Art Song

Here is a submission by Toru Momii, a music theory student. Submit your vote at

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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