Itaru Sakai (b. 24 March 1970 Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese composer.
He received his first piano lessons at age four and composed his first composition Carrying two years later. He was a flutist in the his high school band when he composed his first composition for winds, The Seventh Night Of July. In 1990, he entered the Conservatory of Osaka where he studied composition with Hideki Tanaka and Kunihiko Chihara. In 1996 he received an MA in musicology from the same institution.
In 1997, his compositions were selected and interpreted in the framework of the 52nd National Sports Festival. His works include, besides many works for wind orchestra, chamber music and solo pieces.
Works for Winds
- At the Lake (2010)
- Capriccio on a Theme by Bartok (2007)
- Deep Blue Valley (2008)
- Dodecaphonic Fanfare (2018)
- Fanfare of Wakakusa Hill (2000)
- Great Buddha and Dear (1998)
- I Love the 207 (2012)
- Legacy of the Woods (2004)
- Moonlight and Eddying Current
- Path of the Waves (2006)
- Seventh Night in July (1992)
- Sliders' Mix (2006)
- Spirito di Brezza
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- Itaru Sakai, Wikipedia. Accessed 15 May 2019