Tokichi Setoguchi

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Tokichi Setoguchi
瀬戸口藤吉
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Born(1868-06-28)28 June 1868
Died8 November 1941(1941-11-08) (aged 73)
Azabu, Tokyo, Japan
Occupation(s)Composer, music educator, conductor, clarinetist
Notable work Warship March

Tokichi Setoguchi (瀬戸口藤吉, Setoguchi Tōkichi, 28 June 1868 – 8 November 1941) was a Japanese composer, music educator, conductor and clarinetist.

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Biography

Setoguchi was born on 28 June 1868, in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan, in what is now the city of Tarumizu. In 1882, Setoguchi enlisted as a clarinetist in the military band of the Imperial Japanese Navy in Yokosuka. Later, he became an orchestra conductor. During a concert tour in 1907 through 16 European countries, he enjoyed great success, and became known as the Japanese Sousa . In 1910 he accompanied Prince Yoshihito on his journey to London for the coronation celebrations of King George V of the United Kingdom. He retired in 1917.

After his active service he was a professor of music at various universities and music conservatories.

He died in Azabu, Tokyo on 8 November 1941 of a cerebral hemorrhage.

As a composer he wrote a number of songs and military marches. In addition, he reformed Japanese military music between World War I and World War II.

Compositions

Works for wind orchestra (military band)

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