- Masakata Kanazawa
(b Tokyo, July 4, 1922). Japanese writer on music. He graduated at Tokyo University in 1944 and took up music criticism in 1946, writing for Mainichi, a daily newspaper, for half a century. In his early writings he was critical of excessive intellectualism in the avant garde and of musical commercialism. In 1951 he went to study in Paris, staying for six years; he was much influenced by his teachers, developing a particular interest in French music after 1800 and its cultural background. On his return he established the Tōyama Music Foundation in 1962 and opened a private music library specializing in medieval and Renaissance music as well as contemporary music; later he donated the early music material to Keio University, as the Tōyama Collection, while the contemporary materials (including autograph manuscripts of Japanese composers) went to the Documentation Centre of Modern Japanese Music, which he founded in ...