Composer Name: Toru Takemitsu

Composition Name: Orion and Pleiades

Composition Date:                       1984 
Configuration:                         Orchestra
Featured Instrument:                   Violincello
Japanese Instrument(s):                N
Length:                                26'
Players:                               N/A
Commissioned by:                       Suntory Music Foundation
Version (Original/Revised):            O
MFJ Presented:                         Y

Recording Title:                       Compositions of Toru Takemitsu
Released:                              1984
Performers:                            Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, NHK Symphony Orchestra
Label Name:                            CBS/SONY
Recording Format:                      Record Album
Commercial/Non-Commercial:             C
Recording (American/Japanese/Other):   J
Release (American/Japanese/Other):     J
Solo/Compilation:                      S
Item Number:                           50AC-1994
Number of Copies:                       2 

World Premiere City:                   Paris
World Premiere Date:                   5/29/84
World Premiere Performers:             T. Tsutsumi, Tokyo Orch, T. Otaka, cond.

American Premiere Venue:               Carnegie Hall
American Premiere City:                New York
American Premiere Sponsor:             Music From Japan
American Premiere Date:                2/14/85
American Premiere Performers:          American Symphony Orchestra, T. Tsutsumi
Name of Publisher:                     Schott Japan Company Ltd.
Comments:                              Full score and parts for hire. Study score on sale.
Article/Review:                        A

Publication:                           The New York Times
Title:                                 Japanese Imports
Author/Critic:                         Richard R. Shepard
Publication Date:                      2/14/85
Reaction:                              Neutral
Origin (American/Japanese):            A
Article/Review:                        R

Publication:                           The New York Times
Title:                                 U.S. Premieres of 4 Jap. Works
Author/Critic:                         Donal Henahan
Publication Date:                      2/16/85
Reaction:                              Positive
Synopsis:                              The most recognizable composer on the program, Toru Takemitsu,
                                       contributed a 3 movement piece for cello and orchestra.
                                       ..the work seemed intent on probingthe outer reaches of monotony.
Origin (American/Japanese):            A
Article/Review:                        A

Publication:                           The New York Times
Title:                                 Music Notes from Japan
Author/Critic:                         Arts and Leisure Section
Publication Date:                      2/3/85
Reaction:                              Positive
Origin (American/Japanese):            A

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