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

Akutagawa Yasushi: Orpheus in Hiroshima

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

Hayashi Hikaru: Scenes from Hiroshima

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)

Kawasaki Masaru: Prayer music No.1 Dirge

Kohjiba Tomiko: Hiroshima Requiem for Strings

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”

Oshima Michiru: A Thousand Paper Cranes

Ozaki Sokichi: The Night Song

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

Erkki Aaltonen: Symphony No. 2 Hiroshima

Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings

Ludwig van Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata

Arthur Bliss: Morning Heroes

Sylvie Bodorová: Terezín Ghetto Requiem

Benjamin Britten: War Requiem

George Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad

André Caplet: Les Prières

Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

Fryderyk Chopin: Nocturne No. 20

Johanna Doderer: Symphony No. 2 “Bohinj”

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

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

Enrique Granados: Spanish Dance No. 5

Pavel Haas: A Study for Strings

Jaap Nico Hamburger: Chamber Symphony No. 2 “Children’s War Diaries”

Patrick Hawes: The Great War Symphony

Gustav Holst: “Mars” from The Planets

Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace

Paul Kletzki: Symphony No. 3 (“In memoriam”)

Francesco Lotoro: The Music Written in Concentration Camps

Borys Lyatoshynsky: Symphony No. 3

Boguslav Martinu: Memorial to Lidice

Olivier Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time

Veli Mukhatov: Symphony No. 2 “Heroic”

Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 4

Krzysztof Penderecki: Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima

Sergey Prokofiev: The “War Sonatas”, The Year 1941, Ode to the End of the War for Orchestra

Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, Le Tombeau de Couperin

John Rutter: A Ukrainian Prayer

Arnold Schoenberg: A Survivor from Warsaw

Philip Seaton: “The Spirit of Christmas Past (1914)”

Dimitri Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2, Symphony No. 7 “Leningrad”, Symphony No. 11 “The Year 1905”.

Richard Strauss: Japanese Festival Music, Metamorphosen

Wladyslaw Szpilman: Little Ouverture (see also Chopin)

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 3 “A Pastoral Symphony”, Dona Nobis Pacem

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

Watanabe Chieko: Journey to Peace

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

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