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Akira Ifukube, 31 May 1914 – 8 February 2006) was a Japanese composer of classical music and film scores, perhaps best known for his work on the soundtracks of the Godzilla movies by Toho. He was born in Kushiro on the Japanese island of Hokkaidō, the third son of a Shinto priest.

Ifukube went on to study forestry at Hokkaido University and composing in his spare time. On completing University, he worked as a forestry officer and lumber processor, and towards the end of the Second World War was appointed by the Japanese Imperial Army to study the elasticity and vibratory strength of wood.

From 1946 to 1953, he taught at the Nihon University College of Art, during which period he composed his first film score for The End of the Silver Mountains, released in 1947. Over the next fifty years, he would compose more than 250 film scores, the high point of which was his 1954 music for Ishirō Honda's Toho movie, Godzilla.

He died in Tokyo at Meguro-ku Hospital of multiple organ dysfunction on February 8, 2006 at the age of 91.

Sound gallery:

Godzilla Under The Sea

Akira Ifukube - Fantasia No. 1

Akira Ifukube--Master Works: Symphonic Fantasia No. 1 (Part 2)

Akira Ifukube: Snow Trail (Ginrei no hate, 1947)/Main Title

Akira Ifukube: THE TALE OF ZATOICHI - Main Title/Bitter Triumph

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