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Paul Chihara

Paul Seiko Chihara was born in Seattle, Washington in 1938. He received his doctorate degree (D.M.A.) from Cornell University in 1965 as a student of Robert Palmer. Mr. Chihara also studied with the renowned pedagogue Nadia Boulanger in Paris, Ernst Pepping in Berlin, and Gunther Schuller at Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Symphony. With ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Death Race 2000 Composer
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 2007 Prince of the City: The Real Story (Video documentary short) (original score, uncredited)
 2004 Strip Search (TV Movie)
 2002 American Family (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Star (2002)
 2001 100 Centre Street (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Queenie and Joe (2001)
- Bobby & Cynthia (2001)
 1992 Baby Snatcher (TV Movie)
 1992 Quicksand: No Escape (TV Movie)
 1988-1991 China Beach (TV Series) (54 episodes)
- Rewind (1991)
- Quest (1991)
- 100 Klicks Out (1991)
 1989-1990 Frederick Forsyth Presents (TV Series) (3 episodes)
 1990 A Little Piece of Sunshine (TV Movie)
 1990 Family of Spies (TV Mini Series) (2 episodes)
- Episode #1.2 (1990)
- Episode #1.1 (1990)
 1990 Rock Hudson (TV Movie)
 1989 Pride and Extreme Prejudice (TV Movie)
 1989 Just Another Secret (TV Movie)
 1989 Dark Holiday (TV Movie)
 1989 Bridesmaids (TV Movie)
 1988 Killer Instinct (TV Movie)
 1988 Shooter (TV Movie)
 1988 Los Angeles History Project (TV Series documentary) (composer - 1 episode)
- Trouble in Angel City (1988) ... (composer)
 1988 Noble House (TV Mini Series) (4 episodes)
- Part IV (1988)
- Part III (1988)
- Part II (1988)
- Part I (1988)
 1987 The King of Love (TV Movie)
 1987 The Killing Time (music by)
 1987 Haunted by Her Past (TV Movie)
 1985-1987 American Playhouse (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Dottie (1987)
- Roanoak: Part I (1986)
- Noon Wine (1985)
 1987 Baby Girl Scott (TV Movie)
 1987 Almost Partners (TV Movie)
 1987 We Are the Children (TV Movie)
 1986 Forever, Lulu
 1986 When the Bough Breaks (TV Movie)
 1986 Jackals
 1986 Resting Place (TV Movie)
 1986 A Case of Deadly Force (TV Movie)
 1986 A Deadly Business (TV Movie)
 1985 Crime of Innocence (TV Movie)
 1985 Picking Up the Pieces (TV Movie)
 1985 Toughlove (TV Movie)
 1985 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series short) (1 episode)
 1985 Right to Kill? (TV Movie)
 1985 A Bunny's Tale (TV Movie)
 1984-1985 Cover Up (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Pilot (1984)
 1985 The Bad Seed (TV Movie)
 1985 MacGruder and Loud (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (1985)
 1984 Cousteau: The Mississippi (TV Mini Series documentary) (2 episodes)
 1984 With Intent to Kill (TV Movie)
 1984 Impulse
 1983-1984 Whiz Kids (TV Series) (12 episodes)
- Altaira (1984) ... (music)
- Father's Day (1984) ... (music)
- Amen to Amen-Re (1984) ... (music)
- Watch Out! (1984) ... (music)
- The Network (1984) ... (music)
 1984 Crackers
 1984 Legmen (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1983 The Haunting Passion (TV Movie)
 1983 Manimal (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Illusion (1983) ... (music by)
- Manimal (1983) ... (music by)
 1983 The Survivors
 1983 Jane Doe (TV Movie) (music by)
 1982 Miss All-American Beauty (TV Movie)
 1982 The Rules of Marriage (TV Movie)
 1982 Divorce Wars: A Love Story (TV Movie)
 1982 The Ambush Murders (TV Movie)
 1980 The Promise of Love (TV Movie)
 1980 The Children of an Lac (TV Movie) (music by)
 1980 The Legend of Walks Far Woman (TV Movie)
 1980 Brave New World (TV Movie)
 1979 Act of Violence (TV Movie)
 1979 Mind Over Murder (TV Movie)
 1979 The Darker Side of Terror (TV Movie)
 1978 Mysterium (Short) (music by)
 1978 Almost Heaven (TV Movie)
 1978 A Fire in the Sky (TV Movie) (music by)
 1978 Betrayal (TV Movie)
 1978 Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery (TV Movie)
 1978 Dr. Strange (TV Movie)
 1978 Deathmoon (TV Movie)
 1978 Night Cries (TV Movie)
 1977 The Cousteau Odyssey (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
- The Mississippi (1977)
 1977 The Mississippi: Reluctant Ally/Friendly Foe (TV Movie documentary)
 1976 Sweet Revenge
 1976 The Keegans (TV Movie)
 1976 Farewell to Manzanar (TV Movie)
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Composer-in-residence at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. Worked with The Westminster Singers for a one week intensive choral program. See more »


In Chihara's music he frequently uses his trademark chord which is built using note D2, D3, A3, D4, F sharp 4, A4, B flat 4, C5, and D flat 5. He also uses the word "willow" in many of his choral works because it is the one word that has the same meaning in all languages, to weep.

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