Irino (Yoshiro) Institute of Music collection

Collection, 1951: 1 folder (3 leaves)

Yoshirō Vladimir Irino (13 November 1921–28 June 1980) was a Japanese composer. After World War II, Irino, along with colleagues Minao Shibata and Kunio Toda, studied the twelve-tone method of composition devised by Arnold Schoenberg. In 1951, Irino used the composition technique to compose his Concerto da Camera for Seven Instruments. This work is credited to be the first Japanese dodecaphonic composition. During the same time, the magazine Ongaku Geijutsu published two articles by Irino: "Schoenberg's Composing Technique" and "What is Twelve-Tone Music?" Subsequently, Irino used the twelve-tone technique in numerous compositions and wrote extensively about contemporary music. Working to introduce foreign contemporary music and music literature to Japan, he made Japanese translations of important books such as Die Komposition mit zwölf Tönen by Josef Rufer and Schoenberg and His School by René Leibowitz.
The Yoshiro Irino Institute of Music is located in Tokyo/Japan.


correspondence (1 item: 1951): Arnold Schönberg to Yoshiro Irino