YORITSUNE MATSUDAIRA (1907 - 2001)
Descendant of a former ruling Shogun family, the Japanese composer Yoritsune Matsudaira was a pupil of Komatsu in Tokyo, later to be influenced by Tansman. In his music he attempts a synthesis of traditional Japanese elements, first with French impressionism and then with dodecaphonic techniques.
Matsudaira’s orchestral compositions reflect his earlier and later influences, his Theme and Variations for piano and orchestra on the gagaku melody Etenraku being a transitional example of later influences. The ritual dances of Bugaku are brought together in traditional form in Sa-mai and U-mai.