Kosaku Yamada was a Japanese composer and conductor. After studying at the Tokyo Music School, he left Japan for Germany where he enrolled in the Berlin Hochschule and learnt composition under Max Bruch and Karl Leopold Wolf and piano under Carl August Heymann-Rheineck, before returning to Japan.
Yamada left about 1,600 pieces of music. Especially, songs (Lieder) amount to 700 pieces of music excluding songs for schools, municipalities and companies.
September 1943. At the beginning of the war you fight for your fatherland. Later on, when you start having doubts, you fight for your comrades, that you don’t want to forsake. But what happens if there isn’t anyone left? When you’re alone. When the only one you can lie to is yourself. What are you fighting for, then?