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Abe Kyoko

Compositions

# Title Year of Originsort icon Duration Instrumentation Category
1 Schlangengott 2005 9m 7s
2 Twilightgarden 2005 6m 3s
3 Tango de la granada 2004 4m
4 Unryû-musan 2004 ~ 6m 30s
5 Kassai Aomori - (Prachtvoll Aomori) 2001 ~ 22m
6 Namaste I 2001 ~ 1m
7 Namaste II 2001 ~ 1m
8 Namaste III 2001 ~ 1m
9 Soundscape - (1.City, 2.Twilight Garden, 3.Firework) 1999 ~ 15m
10 Turn - (Die Wende) 1999 ~ 10m
11 Trio for 3 1999 7m
12 Drei Räume - für Saxophonquartett (3 Studien fur Saxphonschüler) 1998 5m
13 Die Zeitfalte III 1997 10m - 11m
14 Die Koffer - (quatre valises qui savent où elles vont). Elektronische Musik 1994 11m 45s
15 Mikro II - für zwei Cembali 1993 8m
16 Sogu II - (Die Begegnung) Trio für Flöte, Violine, Cembalo 1993 6m 30s
17 Feder - Elektronische Musik 1992 4m 30s
18 Die Zeitfalte II - Elektronische Musik 1992 14m 30s
19 Das rote Objekt - Elektronische Musik 1991 7m
20 Die Zeitfalte I - (Die fünfte Dimension) für Oboe, Violine, Kontrabass und Cembalo 1991 ~ 5m 30s
21 Das Herz 1991 8m
22 Am frischen Mai 1991 18m
23 Sunrise 1991 ~ 5m
24 Zeitfalte II 1991 ~ 5m 30s
25 Mikro I - für drei Saxophonisten (und drei Tänzer) 1990 19m - 20m
26 Gong - Elektronische Musik 1989 8m
27 Fuji - für Tonband (mit Computer bearbeitet), Sopran, Tanz und Live-Bild 1989 10m 10s
28 Der Traum des Teilchens 1989 4m - 4m 30s
29 Poesie 1989 4m
30 Mouvement 1989 4m
31 Komet - für Streichquartett 1986 6m 30s
32 Mangrove - für einen Marimbaphonisten und drei Percussionisten 1985 11m - 12m
33 Zwei japanische Lieder - für Sopran und Klavier 1984 6m
34 Sequenz - für Bläserquintett 1983 16m 30s
35 Kristallillusion 1983 11m - 12m
36 Midnightsummer - für zehn Spieler 1982 13m 30s
37 Pausenfüller I "Mono..." 1981 1m 20s
38 Pausenfüller II "Um 5 Uhr nachmittags" 1981 2m
39 Rund um die Uhr - 12 Mobile 1980 25m
40 Die Jahreszeiten - für gemischten Chor 1979 15m
41 Was halten Sie von elektronischer Musik? - Ein Hörspiel für Tonband 1978 9m
42 Sogu I - (Die Begegnung) für 2 Klaviere 1978 6m 40s
43 Metamorphose I - für Blockflöte, Cembalo und Tonband 1977 11m 25s
44 Was ist für Sie Elektronische Musik? - Ein Hörspiel 1977 12m
45 Quartett 1976 4m 40s
46 3 Stücke 1976 13m
47 Tekona - für Bariton, Flöte, Harfe, Cembalo, Klavier, Schlagzeug, Violine und Violoncello 1975 7m 30s
48 Solo 1974 6m 30s
49 6 kleine Stücke 1974 7m
50 Jo Ha Kyu - für Blechbläser 1972 9m
51 Fantasie - für Posaune und Klavier 1971 6m 30s
52 Prelude - für Blasorchester 1971 4m 30s
53 Prelude 1971 4m 30s
54 Trois pieces 1970 6m 30s
55 Soundscape - for piano and chamber orchestra
56 Kassai Aomori - for jazz trio, string trio and japanese instruments

General Information

Year of Birth:  1950
Date of Birth:  26. February 1950
Place of Birth:  Tokyo
Country of Birth: 
Nationality: 

Abe is based in Austria since 1972. 

Education

PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation
1956 - 1962

private piano lessons during elementary school

1962 - 1972

studies at the Kineya School

1962 - 1972

studies at the Kunitachi College of Music

1962 - 1972

composition arrangement course for popular music

1968 - 1972

studies in composition at the Kunitachi College of Music (Takata Saburo)

1972 - 1976

electro acoustics

1972 - 1976

composition

1980 - 1984

further studies

Activities

PeriodActivityOrganisationLocation
1983

lectures at the Anton Webern Conference

1983

cooperation with O.Univ.-Prof. (senior professor) Dr. Walter Pass

1983

lectures at the Kunitachi College of Music

1988

collaboration

2003

honorary member

lectures "EXPAN" (International Working Place for Contemporary Music)

Performances (Selection)

PeriodPerformanceCompositionOrganisationLocation

concerts in Austria and abroad

performances in Austria, Japan and other countries

Commissions (Selection)

PeriodCommissionCompositionCommissioner (Organisation)Commissioner (Person)
1986

Austrian Association for Economic and Cultural Relations with Japan

1989
1991

Ensemble Tokyo Virtuoso

1991

Asahikawa Women's Choir

1993

Hashimoto Machiko

1993
1997

Nimmerrichter Noriko

1999

Japanese Embassy in Bulgaria

1999
2001

Nango Jazzfestival

2001

Awards

PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation
1972

Takeoka Tsuruyo Award, awarded by the Kunitachi College of Music

1977

award at the International Contest G. B. Viotti, Italy

1988

Ernst Krenek Award

1990

appreciation prize in the category of interactive art

1992

MIDI-GO-AWARD, first prize in the category of "Das Beste Notat" (best notation)

Description of Style

"Since the beginning of my studies, I have been working with all kinds of styles and notations. This was my way to find my own style of composing. An old music academy professor once told me, "Music is a game!" I understood this as "to play music", as well as "to play a game." After that I was free of normal styles and notes. I didn't feel committed to composing in a rigid style anymore. Only tone and sound colour still play an important role in my compositions. Sometimes it is the combination of instruments assuming the role as the colour palette, or it is the chords, rhythms, the dynamic, pitch etc. Occasionally I leave the musicians room to play music and games ..."
(Kyoko Abe, 1997)

Press Reviews

1979

Kyoko Abe (Japan) moved with her "Metamorphose I" towards a more traditional area and showed an according mastery of form and sound fantasy.

Volksstimme


1981

The Pro Arte Choir from Graz with for vocal pieces was quite a big success [...] Kyoko Abe presented herself as a real talent with the four-set choir piece "Die Jahreszeiten" based on old Japanese texts. Employing what she learnt in Europe, she seemed to draw little miniatures of nature with a brush

Lübecker Nachrichten (Klaus Gruber)

Discography, Projects

Discography:

  • Trio for three (for flute, viola and harp; CD, IGNM Austria)
  • Das rote Objekt (electro acoustic music; from TA-MA-MU)
  • Die Zeitfalte (for oboe, violin, contrabass and harpsichord; CD, King Records)

Performer of (Composition)

Contact, Links

Language:  German, English
Website:  abe.kyoko.at