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The Personal History

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-Sadao Bekku-



Sadao Bekku

100th anniversary of birth

Tokyo Metropolitan 

Symphony Orchestra 


Sadao Bekku (別宮 貞雄, 1922-2012)

Japanese classical composer

Adoptive father of "Teruyuki Noda's wife Kayoko Noda (composer)"

野田 暉行 (Teruyuki Noda) の妻の野田 香代子 (Kayoko Noda) は養女(作曲家)

 Her Profile :

  • The Music High School Attached to the Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts 東京藝術大学音楽学部附属音楽高等学校

  • Department of Composition, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music 東京藝術大学音楽学部作曲科

  • Ataka award (3rd year in university) 安宅賞 (大学3年次)

  • Tokyo National university of Fine Arts and Music graduate course 東京藝術大学大学院修士

  • Lecturer for 15 years at Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts 沖縄県芸術大学 非常勤講師15年

 ※Since 2008, "Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (TNUFAM)" changed the name into "Tokyo University of the Arts (TUA)" .

Sadao Bekku's father was Sadatoshi Bekku (別宮 貞俊), a professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, the first president of Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. (住友電気工業株式会社)

His maternal grandfather was a Japanese pathologist, Katsusaburo Ymagiwa (山極 勝三郎, 1863-1930) who carried out pioneering work into the causes of cancer and a professor at Tokyo Imperial University School (present-day name is The University of Tokyo) of Medicine.

  • In 1946, graduated from Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, The University of Tokyo.


  • In 1950, graduated Department of Aesthetics, Faculty of Letters, The University of Tokyo. 


  • In 1948, The Music Competition of Japan by "Light-coloured Pictures for voice and piano" 歌曲集"淡彩抄"により日本音楽コンクール第1位

  • In 1957, The Otaka prize by "Deux prières pour orchestr" 


  • In 1957, Mainichi Music Award (The Mainichi Newspapers Co.) by "Deux prières pour orchestr" 

      "管弦楽のための二つの祈り"により毎日音楽賞: 毎日新聞社

He studied abroad in France and studied under Darius Milhaud (1892‐1974) and Olivier-Eugène-Prosper-Charles Messiaen (1908-1992) at the Paris Conservatory.

When he took the Milhaud class, he was a rival to Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007) , but Mr. Bekku

In 1955, Teaching at Toho Gakuen University 桐朋学園教鞭
In 1961, Professor at Toho Gakuen University 桐朋学園教授
In 1973, Professor at Chuo University 中央大学教授 
In 1988, Received the Medal with Purple Ribbon 紫綬褒章
In 1994, Received the Order of the Sacred Treasure 瑞宝章

With 2000 as the first time, he began to present "The Bekku Award" to the works that Bekku himself evaluated as the best works among the composers released in Japan in the year of selection.

A Story of Three Women (Le dit des trois femmes) (1964)
有間皇子 (Prince Arima "Arima-no Miko") (1963–67)

Orchestral works: 
Deux mouvements pour orchestre (1946)
Suite classique (1947)
Introduction et Allegro (1954)
Deux prières (1956)
Symphonietta for String Orchestra (1959)
Symphony No. 1 (1961)
Concerto pour violon et orchestre (1969)
Concerto pour alto et orchestre (1971)
Symphony No. 2 (1977)
Concerto pour piano et orchestre (1980)
Festival Overture (1981)
Symphony No. 3 "Spring" (1984)
Memories of Pictures: Suite for Wind Band (1987/2005)
March "Be Pure, Be Fresh" for wind orchestra (1988)
Symphony No. 4 "The Summer 1945" (1989)
Concerto pour violoncelle et orchestre "Autumn" (1997)
Symphony No. 5 "Man" (1999)

Chamber works: 
Trio d'anches for bassoon, oboe and clarinet (1953)
Sonate pour flûte et piano (1954)
Suite japonaise Nr. 1 for wind quintet (1955)
Quatuor à cordes Nr. 1 (1955–57)
1er sonate pour violon et piano (1963–67)
Sonate pour violoncelle et piano (1974)
Aubade for flute, violin and piano (19
Suite "Chants de ville" for alto saxophone and piano (1981)
Petit pastoral for flute and piano (1983)
《Hide and Seek》 and 《Tag》: Two Players for Two Marimbas (1988)
Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano (1995)
Kaleidoscope No. 2 for marimba (2002)
Autumn for violoncello and piano (2004)

Piano works:
Sonatine (1965)
Suite "Kaleidescope" (1966)
Three Paraphrases Based on Folksongs of Southern Japan (1968)
Sonatine in Classical Style (1969)
Festa in the north: Japanese Suite No. 2 for piano by 4 hands (1989)

Vocal works:
Light-coloured Pictures for voice and piano (1948)
2 Rondels for voice and piano (1951)
Three Songs Based Man-yō-shū poems (1958)
Giant's Garden for narrator, mixed choir, orchestra and electronic sound (1962)
The Four Seasons of the Mountain for mixed choir (1967)

Film music:
Bekku composed about 40 film scores from 1954 to 1978.

Ghost of Hanging in Utusunomiya aka The Ceiling at Utsunomiya (怪異宇都宮釣天井 Kaii Utsunomiya tsuritenjō) (1956)
姫君剣法 謎の紫頭巾 (1957)
日本南極地域観測隊の記録 南極大陸 (1957)
南極大陸 (1957)
天下の鬼夜叉姫 (1957)
(遙かなる男 Shizukanaru otoko) (1957) literally: The Quiet Man
(太平洋戦記 Taiheiyō senki) (1958)
密告者は誰か (1958)
黒部侠谷 第二部 地底の凱歌 (1959)
Matango (マタンゴ) (1963) aka Attack of the Mushroom People
恐怖の時間 (1964)
White Rose of Hong Kong (香港の白い薔薇 Honkon no shiroibara)(1965)
Key of Keys (国際秘密警察 鍵の鍵 Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kagi no kagi) (1965) literally: International Secret Police: Key of Keys
(国際秘密警察 絶体絶命 Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Zettai zetsumi) (1967)
(ニイタカヤマノボレ −日本帝国の崩壊− Niitakayama nobore) (1968)
(喜劇 駅前開運 Kigeki ekimae kaiun) (1968)

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