Sounds of West – Sounds of East: Maki Ishii's Music

—Striding two Musical Worlds—
Edited by Christa Ishii-Meinecke
Languages English/Japanese/German

Moeck Musikinstrumente und Verlag (Germany)

ISBN-10: 3-87549-053-3
ISBN-13: 978-3-87549-053-4


For Japan, Asian countries, and Australia:
Ongaku No Tomo Sha (Japan)

ISBN-10: 4-276-13273-8
ISBN-13: 978-4-276-13273-3

Book Cover


From the Introduction

«This book contains—next to an article by myself—reflections and essays written by seven experts about my music. Though for me the experience of reading texts about my own music was somewhat awkward, I have to admit that I felt a kind of intellectual excitement when I stumbled upon passages where certain "sounds", which I shaped merely through a process of thoughts, inspiration and intuition, were reproduced exactly with "words". Also once in a while I also found analyses which appeared erroneous, but these might as well point to situational entities in deeper layers of my music which are outside my schemes of thought.

«The authors analyse in their texts many of my compositions, from the earliest to the newer ones, from different perspectives. Taken together they reveal an combined image of the "music of Maki Ishii". For me personally though this remains a "world of sounds" which in form of a process has already passed on.»

(Maki Ishii, trans. K. Ishii)

Table of Contents

Maki Ishii
"Sounds of West – Sounds of East" – Striding two Musical Worlds
Kōji Sano
"Maki Ishii"– Synthesis of Multi-Layered Time
Wolfgang Burde
"A Musical Cosmos of Integration" – Notes on the Compositional Work of Maki Ishii
Keisaburō Maruyama
"Anagrams across Sound Layers" – "Kyō-Sō"
Takashi Funayama
"Reverberations between East and West" – Observations on Maki Ishii's Composition "Fū Shi"
Lothar Mattner
"Halting Time" – The Composer Maki Ishii
Kuniharu Akiyama
"Monochrome" – The Emotional Aesthetic of Japanese Drums and Maki Ishii's "Non-Musical Time"
Toshiro Kido
"Iconology of Sounds" – Maki Ishii's Music and the Spatial Concept of Japanese Traditional Music
Maki Ishii
Artistic background
List of Works (in chronological order; as to cast of instruments)
Prizes and Awards