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Rentarō Taki

Rentarō Taki (滝 廉太郎, Taki Rentarō, 24 August 1879 – 29 June 1903) was a Japanese pianist and composer of the Meiji era.

Taki was born in Tokyo, but moved to many places during his childhood owing to his father's job. He graduated from the Tokyo Music School in 1901. One of his famous pieces is "Kōjō no Tsuki" (Moon Over the Ruined Castle), which was included in the songbook for junior high school students, along with the "Hakone-Hachiri" (箱根八里). "Hana" (花, "Flower") is also a well-known song.

In the same year, Taki went to the Leipzig Conservatory in Germany for further studies, but fell seriously ill with pulmonary tuberculosis and therefore returned to Japan. He lived quietly in the country afterwards, but soon died at the age of 23. His posthumous work is a solo piano piece called "Urami" (憾, "Regret"), which he wrote four months before he died.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 24, 1879 (Tokyo), Died June 29, 1903 (Ōita)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1937

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-07917 10-in. 4/22/1937 Kōjō no tsuki Yoshie Fujiwara ; Vincent Lopez Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CL6038 10-in. 1/22/1937 Kojo no tsuki Marcel Moyse Flute solo, with piano composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Taki, Rentarō," accessed July 22, 2024,

Taki, Rentarō. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 22, 2024, from

"Taki, Rentarō." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 22 July 2024.

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