Posté par Classica59 le 3 avril 2010

takeowatanabe30169913.jpg Takeo Watanabe (渡辺岳夫) was born on April 16th 1933 in Japan.

He was the son of Urato Watanabe, a professionnal musician and composer. Takeo Watanabe mainly composed for japanese TV drama (e.g. The white tower) but it’s the music he wrote for japanese anime that made him famous (e.g. Candy, Georgie, Sandybelle…).

His style is characterized by simple but unforgettable melodies. He often uses harmonic progressions to give a pleasant baroque style to his compositions. The simplicity of his melodies give us the possibility to identify with the characters and the story. Doing simple is not so easy, i think, cause when you have the ability to create complex things, the temptation is to try to prove that you can do that complex things. (On this, I love a Leonardo da Vinci quote that says : « Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication ».)

The force of his melodies was to instantly evoke profound feelings. The sadness was a feeling often depicted in his compositions, in order to fit to sad stories contained in these anime’s scenarios. That melodies are memorable and stay with you long after you turn off the music.

That melodies are always carried by beautiful arrangements. Each instrument, each note, each breath, beautifully fits in its place. The variety of instruments used by the musician is impressive : piano, harpsichord, organ, acoustic and electric guitar, flute, accordion, drums… When Takeo Watanabe had to compose a musical theme, he read the scenario and attempted to translate the feelings of the characters into the melody he wrote. His force was to relay these same emotions successfully to the listener.

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  1. Yukio dit :

    Hello. I’m glad to meet someone who creates a blog and YouTube channel dedicating to
    great composer Takeo Watanabe. I’m Japanese grew up watching Anime as a kid.
    His music deeply associates with my childhood memories.
    You encouraged me to begin learning piano.
    I just want to say thank you and please keep them coming.

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