The Murakami Mix


Came across this on Haruki Murakami‘s website, which showcases the range of music that he frequently references in all of his books.  It was all in Flash so yes, I typed everything out in Notepad before presenting it here to you in all of its HTML glory.

For your listening pleasure, I linked some of the tracks to videos posted in YouTube; I couldn’t find all of them, and for the classical pieces, they’re in acts or movements so you’d have to peruse the available list yourselves.

Page numbers, as the website states, refer to the Vintage Paperback editions, except for Kafka On The Shore, which in this case refers to the Knopf hardcover edition.


Si, Mi Chiamano Mimi from La Boheme, by Giacomo Puccini
Kafka on the Shore
, pp. 73, 136.
version by Angela Gheorgiu

Archduke Trio, by Beethoven
Kafka on the Shore, pp. 301-303, 329-331, 334, 351, 383, 424.

My Favourite Things, by John Coltrane
Kafka on the Shore, pp. 359, 357.

Piano Concerto No. 1, by Liszt
Sputnik Sweetheart, pp. 73.

Dans un Bois Solitaire, by Mozart.
Sputnik Sweetheart, pp. 168.

Tara’s Theme, by Percy Faith Orchestra
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, pp. 278.

Alive, by Pearl Jam
After the Quake, pp. 26.

I’ll Remember April, by Erroll Garner
After the Quake, pp. 75-76.
version by Erroll Garner

Trout Quintet, by Schubert
After the Quake, pp. 117, 142.

Bags’ Groove, by Miles Davis.
Hard-Boiled Wonderland & The End of the World, pp. 362.

Watching the River Flow, by Bob Dylan.
Hard-Boiled Wonderland & The End of the World, pp. 345.

Star-Crossed Lovers, by Duke Ellington.
South of the Border, West of the Sun, pp. 94.

Norwegian Wood, by The Beatles.
Norwegian Wood, pp. 3.

Dear Heart, by Henry Mancini.
Norwegian Wood, pp. 35.

Waltz For Debbie, by Bill Evans.
Norwegian Wood, pp. 38.

Invention, by Bach.
Norwegian Wood, pp. 123.

White Room, by Cream.
Norwegian Wood, pp. 139.

Desafinado, by Joao Gilberto.
Norwegian Wood, pp. 162.

Wedding Bell Blues, by Laura Nyro.
Norwegian Wood, pp. 289.

The Flying Dutchman Overture, by Wagner.
The Elephant Vanishes, pp. 138-139.

Born in the U.S.A, by Bruce Springsteen.
The Elephant Vanishes, pp. 167.

Night and Day, by Frank Sinatra.
The Elephant Vanishes, pp. 138-139.


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3 responses to “The Murakami Mix

  1. appughar

    Great work. Thanks a lot for the compilation.

    You may also add “South of the Border, Nat Cole King” to your list (for South of the Border, West of the Sun).

  2. J

    Thanks, mate. Yeah I was just wondering about that today because I was reading The Wild Sheep Chase where it mentions South of the Border in passing, and I was like, “Hey, I don’t remember putting that in the list..”

  3. I only found that on this website today and was half way through typing it in Notepad when I decided to check if someone else had already done it….and you had so thanks a million.

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