Composers and Poets

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This page lists all the composers and poets whose work is featured somewhere in the section War & Music. Links on the composer’s name takes you to their website or YouTube Channel. Links on their works take you to the page within WMT where that work is introduced.

Japanese Composers

Dan Ikuma: Symphony No. 6 “Hiroshima”

Fujikura Dai: “Akiko’s Piano” Piano Concerto No. 4

Hashimoto Kunihiko: Symphony No. 1 and No. 2

Hayasaka Fumio: Festive Overture

Hosokawa Toshio: Hiroshima Requiem

Ikebe Shinichiro: The Devil’s Gluttony

Ishiwaka Masaya: Kimi shinitamō koto nakare (Thou Shalt Not Die)

Kabasawa Mino: Deguchi no nai umi (Sea Without Exit)

Koseki Yuji: Bells of Nagasaki, Olympic March

Moroi Saburo: Symphony No. 2 and No. 3

Nobunaga Takatomi: Fragments, Kimi shinitamō koto nakare (Thou Shalt Not Die)

Ohki Masao: Symphony No. 5 “Hiroshima”

Sakamoto Ryuichi: Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence

Samuragochi Mamoru (Niigaki Takashi): Symphony No. 1 “Hiroshima”

Setoguchi Tokichi: Warship March

Takemitsu Toru: Black Rain

Yamada Kosaku: Symphony in F “Triumph and Peace”

Other Composers

Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings

Ludwig van Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata

Arthur Bliss: Morning Heroes

Benjamin Britten: War Requiem

Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

Fryderyk Chopin: Nocturne No. 20

Edward Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1, Cello Concerto

Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs)

Patrick Hawes: The Great War Symphony

Gustav Holst: “Mars” from The Planets

Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace

Borys Lyatoshynsky: Symphony No. 3

Boguslav Martinu: Memorial to Lidice

Olivier Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time

Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 4

Krzysztof Penderecki: Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima

Sergey Prokofiev: The “War Sonatas”

Maurice Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin

John Rutter: A Ukrainian Prayer

Dimitri Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2, Symphony No. 7 “Leningrad”

Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen

Wladyslaw Szpilman: Little Ouverture (see also Chopin)

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 3 “A Pastoral Symphony”

Richard Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries

William Walton: Battle of Britain Suite

John Williams: Star Wars, Hymn to the Fallen (from Saving Private Ryan), Schindler’s List main theme

Wang Yunjie, Symphony No.2 “The War of Resistance Against Japan”


Wilfred Owen and other World War I poets

Yosano Akiko: Kimi shinitamō koto nakare (Thou Shalt Not Die)

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