Yuji Koseki (古関裕而 Koseki Yūji)[note 1] was a Japanese composer. Affectionately known as the "Japanese John Philip Sousa," Koseki was renowned for the countless marches he composed, characterized by their elegant style. While he began his career as a classical composer, Koseki eventually expanded to composing film scores and popular songs. Koseki's compositions often accompanied sporting events; beginning early in his career he composed the fight songs for Japanese colleges, and was also responsible for composing the march for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics as well as the theme for NHK's television sports broadcasts. In 1969, Koseki was awarded for his achievements in music with the purple ribbon Japanese Medal of Honor, and again in 1979 with the Order of the Sacred Treasure. While Koseki's work maintains popularity to this day in his home country, he is perhaps best known internationally for composing "Mothra's Song" as part of his score for the 1961 Toho film Mothra, in which it was originally performed by the singing duo The Peanuts. Since then, "Mothra's Song" has been featured in many other films and rearranged by composers such as Akira Ifukube, Toshiyuki Watanabe, Michiru Oshima, and Bear McCreary. Koseki passed away of a cerebral infarction on August 18, 1989, at the age of 80. However, his vast library of music can still be heard in Japan and around the world three decades after his death.
Selected filmography[edit | edit source]
Composer[edit | edit source]
- Mothra (1961)
- Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) ["Mothra's Song"]
- Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992) ["Mothra's Song"]
- Rebirth of Mothra (1996) ["Mothra's Song"]
- Rebirth of Mothra 2 (1997) ["Mothra's Song"]
- Rebirth of Mothra 3 (1998) ["Mothra's Song"]
- Godzilla: Tokyo SOS (2003) ["Mothra's Song"]
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) ["Mothra's Song"]
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Koseki in 1955
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Notes[edit | edit source]
- Koseki's birth name was spelled 古關勇治, though it was still read as Koseki Yūji.
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