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Philip Glass ~ Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters (1985)

Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters


In 25th November, 1970, Yukio Mishima, in the ritual act of Seppuku, knelt on a carpet and plunged a dagger into his abdomen. Mishima had sacrificed his own life, a gesture of defiance against the violation of his country's dignity.
Mishima designed his life as a drama; in his books he plotted out his life down to the last chapter. A twentieth century writer of the highest acclaim, Yukio Mishima generated more than 30 novels, in addition to numerous plays and movies. He was truly a renaissance man and was not only Japanese, but a world figure. Produced by two of the world's greatest film-makers - George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola and directed by Paul Schrader, Mishima is a haunting, lyrical story of a tortured modern man. Mishima won a special award for Best Artistic Contribution at the Cannes Film Festival 1985.

Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters (1985 Film) (Soundtrack)
Philip Glass (Composer) | Format: Audio CD

Original Music Composed by Philip Glass
This is accessible, powerful, emotional music and has never worn out its welcome.

Product Details:
Album: Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters
Composer: Philip Glass
Artists: Michael Riesman

Number of Discs: 1
Format: Soundtrack
Release Date: Audio CD (October 25, 1990)

Genre: Classical
Label: Elektra/Nonesuch

ASIN: B000005IXM
© Nonesuch Records Inc.

1. Mishima/Opening  |2:47
2. November 25: Morning  |4:11
3. 1934: Grandmother & Kimitake  |3:38
4. Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Like Some Enormous Music)  |3:01
5. Osamu's Theme: Kyoko's House  |2:59
6. 1937: Saint Sebastian  |1:07
7. Kyoko's House (Stage Blood Is Not Enough)  |5:02
8. November 25: Ichigaya  |2:14
9. 1957: Award Montage  |3:57
10. Runaway Horses (Poetry Written With a Splash of Blood)  |9:08
11. 1962: Body Building  |1:29
12. November 25: The Last Day  |1:30
13. F-104: Epilogue from "Sun and Steel"  |1:58
14. Mishima/Closing  |2:59

Total Time: 46:06
| DDD | Audio CD | CBR 320 Kbps/44.1 kHz/Stereo |
|File size: 136 mb. | Pass: 三島:四つの章ではライフ |


Philip Glass music score, in parts performed by the Kronos quartet, was released on vinyl record and Audio CD in 1985.

Related Compositions:
String Quartet No. 3 (Mishima)
Music for Mishima

Related Recordings:Mishima on Nonesuch
Kronos Quartet Performs Philip Glass on Nonesuch
Philip on Film on Nonesuch
Philip Glass Film Scores on Orange Mountain Music

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Directed by Paul Schrader
Written by Leonard Schrader, Paul Schrader, Chieko Schrader (Original Stories), Yukio Mishima novels "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion", "Kyoko's House" and "Runaway Horses (uncredited)
Music by Philip Glass

The film sets in on November 25 1970, the last day in Mishima's life. He is shown finishing a manuscript. Then, he puts on a uniform he designed for himself and meets with four of his most loyal followers from his private army. In flashbacks highlighting episodes from his past life, the viewer sees Mishima's progression from a sickly young boy to one of Japan's most acclaimed writers of the post-war era (who keeps himself in perfect physical shape, owed to a narcissistic body cult). His loathing for the materialism of modern Japan has him turn towards an extremist traditionalism. He sets up his own private army and proclaims the reinstating of the tenno as head of state. The biographical parts are interwoven with short dramatizations of three of Mishima's novels: In The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, a stuttering aspirant sets fire to the famous Zen Buddhist temple because he feels inferior at the sight of its beauty. Kyoko's House depicts the sadomasochistic (and ultimately fatal) relationship between an elderly woman and her young lover, who is in her financial debt. In Runaway Horses, a group of young fanatic nationalists fails to overthrow the government, with its leader subsequently committing suicide. Frame story, flashbacks and dramatizations are segmented into the four chapters of the film's title, named Beauty, Art, Action, and Harmony of Pen and Sword. The film culminates in Mishima and his followers taking a General of the Japanese armed forces as hostage. He addresses the garrison's soldiers, asking them to join him in his struggle to reinstate the emperor as the nation's sovereign. Faced with his proclamation being largely ignored and ridiculed, Mishima commits seppuku.

The film premiered at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival on May 15 1985 where it won the award for Best Artistic Contribution by cinematographer John Bailey, production designer Eiko Ishioka and music composer Philip Glass.

Writer-director Paul Schrader's films are always as memorable for their music as they are for their visuals--sometimes more so. Think of Giorgio Moroder's synthesizers pulsing through Cat People; think of Blondie's anthem for American Gigolo; think of Scott Johnson's remarkable score for Patty Hearst--and think of the full suite of music composed by Philip Glass for Schrader's ode to the deeply conflicted Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima. With its gilded, impressionistic set and its plot-eschewing cinematic vision, Mishima depended upon Glass's compositions for grounding. Despite the Japanese setting, the music is pan-global, typical of Glass's genre-absorbing minimalist style. A standout track is "Osamu's Theme," which features a catchy rock & roll guitar part against a string setting. And the album's quartets feature none other than the Kronos Quartet.
(Marc Weidenbaum)

Birthname: Philip Morris Glass
Nationality: American
Born: Jan 31 1937 (74 years old)

Philip Glass is one of the most prolific and distinguished composers of the 20th Century. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards and scored dozens of operas, films and plays, and released symphonic compositions and solo work. His work is frequently characterised by repetitive and minimalistic structures. One of his best works is a five-hour opera about Albert Einstein, named Einstein On The Beach (1979). He is also well-known for composing the soundtrack to films such as Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi, The Truman Show, Kundun (directed by Martin Scorsese), The Hours, Secret Window, Notes On A Scandal and The Illusionist. He won a Golden Globe for The Truman Show soundtrack.
Currently, Glass is working on music for two symphonies, an opera and two plays.

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