Midweek Music Moment: Mishima (closing)

Today’s Midweek Music Moment is a stunning piece of music that I heard on the radio (and had to pull the car over and listen to until it finished).

Composed by Philip Glass for the movie soundtrack ‘Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters’, this piece is the final track and closing of the film.

 

 

The 1985 film is based on the life and work of Japanese writer Yukio Mishima, who is considered one of the most important 20th Century writers of Japan.

 

Yukio-Mishima

Mishima (1925-1970) was an author, actor and dedicated bodybuilder with outspoken nationalistic views – who went on to build his own right-wing militia. He later committed ritual suicide (seppuku) after a failed coup attempt.

 

The ‘Mishima’ soundtrack is played by world-renowned string quartet, the Kronos Quartet, and carries the typical Glass markers of trance-like repetition, dramatic melodies, and atmospheric rises in emotion. It’s well-worth a listen for Glass fans.

Here’s a second track from the movie, ‘Runaway Horses’. (There aren’t any visuals on the video, so sit back, close your eyes and be carried away!)

 

 

And for those who have a hankering for something a little different, here’s the Kronos Quartet’s wonderfully lush cover of Sigur Ros ‘Flugufrelsarinn’.

 

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