Raised in Sapporo, Hayasaka was a self-taught composer. He became fast friends with Akira Ifukube, another autodidact, later famous for his music accompanying Toho’s movie monsters. Together they organized the Shin Ongaku Renmei (New Music League) in 1933. In 1935 Hayasaka composed his first orchestral piece, the award-winning Futatsu no sanka e no zensokyoku (Prelude to Two Hymns). His next orchestral piece, Ancient Dance, won the Weingartner Prize in 1938.
In 1939, he moved to Tokyo in order to begin his long career as a film music composer. His first score was for Ribbon o musubu fujin (The Lady Ties a Ribbon) directed by Satsuo Yamamoto in 1939. Hayasaka produced music for over 90 films during his career, many of them noted and award winning classics. But he simultaneously continued his creation of concert music, producing the orchestral piece Saho no mai to uho no mai (Left Dance and Right Dance, 1942), his well-known Four unaccompanied songs to poems by Haruo for solo soprano… read more