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Old 02-10-06, 01:56 PM
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Akira Ifukube (Godzilla Composer): 1914-2006

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Akira Ifukube: 1914-2006
Wednesday, February 8th 2006
Bob Eggleton has shared this very sad news on the Yahoo! Godzilla group this evening...

"Just got this from Japan....

Bob E.

Thursday February 9, 1:38 AM
'Godzilla' series composer Akira Ifukube dies at 91
(Kyodo) _ Music composer Akira Ifukube, who is most famous for his work on the movie "Godzilla," died of multiple organ failure Wednesday night at a hospital in Tokyo, his family said. He was 91.

Ifukube was born in Kushiro, Hokkaido. A graduate of Hokkaido University,
Ifukube self-taught composing and created music for major movies since the 1950s, including "Gembaku no ko" (Children of Hiroshima) in 1952 and
"Godzilla" in 1954.

His theme of "Godzilla," which expressed the horrors of the monstrous
creature, has widely influenced foreign movies.

Ifukube's portfolio of work also include the 1956 "Biruma no Tategoto" (The
Harp of Burma) and the "Daimajin" series from 1966.

The composer of "Nihon Kyoshikyoku" (Japanese Rhapsody), which is considered a masterpiece, Ifukube served as the president of the Tokyo College of Music between 1976 and 1987.

Ifukube was awarded a Person of Cultural Merit, one of Japan's highest
honors, in 2003."

Thank you again to Bob for sharing this sad news. Our thoughts are with Mr. Ifukube's friends and family.
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Ifukube was a major talent in Japan, and his impact on Godzilla films is immeasurable. I don't think many people ever realized the caliber of people that were working on these films in their heyday. It's nice that he had a bit of a reinassance with the 1990's G films, where he was able to work many of his classic themes into new pieces.

With his passing, all of the major talents involved in the original Godzilla movie are now gone.

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