- Yoko Narazaki
(b Kyoto, July 22, 1963). Japanese composer. She studied composition and theory to postgraduate level at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Among her many awards are the first prize in the 1986 Japan Music Competition for her Clarinet Concerto, the Young Composers’ Award of the Asian Composers’ League in 1990 for the first movement of her String Trio, and the Otaka Prize, of which she was the first female recipient, for Beber in 1995. Citing the compositional methodology of Yoshio Hachimura as an influence, Fujiie avoids imposing an external structure on a piece, and instead manipulates the energy of each musical event, thereby allowing its structure to form organically. Her works, neo-romantic in style and complex in texture, remain free of the influence of western tendencies. In Pas de deux I (1987) the vitality of ballet informs such textural complexity; in Bodrum Sea...