Minoru Muraoka Take Five 1970

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In terms of popularity, Katsuya Yokoyama is probably the most internationally renowned shakuhachi player in Japanese shakuhachi history. Apart from his prowess and the fact that he represents a genre of music whose melodies are more accessible to Western audiences, the symphonies written for shakuhachi by the renowned Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu and conducted by one of Japan's most celebrated conductors, Seiji Ozawa, were one of the main reasons for his international fame in 1967 with the appointment of "November step" by Katsuya Yokoyama. In 1967, Katsuya Yokoyama was assigned to play 'November step', one of the main reasons for its international fame, and it was the first time that the shakuhachi had taken its place in the leading concert halls of Europe and America. In addition, through the Japanese government's subsidised, well-planned and powerful cultural exchanges, Shakuhachi teachers have been teaching in major European and American countries on a short-term and medium-term basis (this part will be translated and published when I have time), and the performances of Katsu Yokoyama with well-known Western orchestras in more than 50 countries around the world have effectively attracted many Westerners to Japan to learn Shakuhachi and bring Shakuhachi to the world. In just over ten years, the shakuhachi has quickly become the most popular oriental instrument studied in the West. Translated with (free version)

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