Akira Ifukube

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Akira Ifukube (伊福部昭,   Ifukube Akira?) was a musician that was born in 1914 and died in 2006 who was considered to be one of Japan's most revered classical composers.

In the 1940's, during WWII, he was asked to compose nationalistic themes for the islands liberated by Japan. (One such theme was played by the band when Japan officially surrendered in 1945). Starting in 1947 with the film Snow Trail, Ifukube became prominent in film composition. In 1954, he worked on Godzilla. After that, he scored 11 more Godzilla films (and his themes were added to many others), as well as 13 other sci-fi/ fantasy films. In total, Ifukube scored 43 films in his entire career.

His final Godzilla film was Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, and although he never composed the scores of any of the subsequent movies, though his most famous theme, Godzilla's theme, was used in some capacity in most of the subsequent films, and many other pieces of his music were remixed in Godzilla: Final Wars.

He died on February 8th, 2006, from multiple organ failure. However, he left behind a legacy that will always be remembered in the form of his music.


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