Toru Takemitsu

Posted on June 14th, 2011 by

I met Toru Takemitsu just once, when I was a student at the Academy. I was asked to take him to tea. So we sat by the fireplace in the old Staff room, and he talked about colour: ‘I dream, he said,that I have wings, and I am flying by a wall that extends in every direction, as far as the eye can see. In the wall are many drawers, and I can fly up and down taking the many colours that are in the drawers.’

Toru Takemitsu – Distance de fée, for violin and piano, SJ1050

Violin-Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Piano-Jan Philip Schulze (Live Performance September 2010)