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date: 22 August 2019

Mori, Junkolocked

  • J. Michele Edwards

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(b Niigata-ken, Feb 13, 1948). Japanese composer and teacher. She attended the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, studying music (BA 1971), composition (MM 1975) and musicology and solfeggio (MM 1978); her composition teachers included Tomojirō Ikenouchi, Akio Yashiro and Teizō Matsumura. In 1979 she became a lecturer at the same university as well as at Aichi Gakuin University. She is a founding member of the Federation of Women Composers in Japan.

Mori’s compositions are regularly performed and broadcast in Japan and the USA. Characteristics of French impressionism evident in her songs and piano works reveal the influences of her composition teachers. Her lyrical, melodic writing displays linear clarity, and the texture frequently involves a melodic foreground with accompaniment. Although she often uses triadic harmonies, her harmonic vocabulary extends beyond referential tonality. Several works, including Autumn Mist and Imagery, have been recorded.

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