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Traditional Japanese music and musical instruments / William P. Malm.

Author/creator Malm, William P. author.
Other author/creatorMalm, William P. Japanese music and musical instruments.
Format Audio (CD), Book, Print, and Musical Sound Recording
EditionNew edition.
Publication InfoTokyo ; New York : Kodansha International, 2000.
Description354 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm + 1 audio disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
Series Yamaguchi Kan series
Yamaguchi Kan series. ^A481194
Contents The present and past of Japanese music. Japan's musical life (1957) -- Music and Japanese history -- Religious music. Shinto music. Kagura in the palace ; Shinto instruments and tone systems ; Kagura in large shrines ; Local Kagura and festival music ; A snow festival in Nagano ; Modern Shinto -- Buddhist music. Theory and practice ; A Buddhist ceremony and its musical instruments ; Buddhist folk music and festivals -- Christian music -- Gagaku, the court music of Japan. The History of court music -- The instruments. Percussion ; Strings ; Winds -- Theory and practice. Tone systems ; Rhythm ; The Jo-Ha-Kyu concept ; Form -- Nogaku, the music of Noh drama. The history of Noh drama -- The structure of a Noh play -- Musical conventions of a Noh play -- Aesthetics -- Vocal music. Singing styles ; Tone systems ; Rhythm -- Instruments of the Hayashi. The Nokan ; The Kotsuzumi ; The Otsuzumi ; The Taiko -- Drum music -- Performance practices -- Biwa music. The history of Biwa music ; The instrument and its music -- The Shakuhachi. The history of the Shakuhachi ; The instrument and its music -- Koto music. The history of the Koto ; Music lessons ; Instruments of the Koto ensemble ; Koto music -- The Shamisen and its music. The instrument and its background ; The history and form of Shamisen music. Katarimono - narrative Shamisen music ; Gidayubushi - the music of Bunraku ; Utamono - lyrical Shamisen music ; Nagauta - the heart of Kabuki music ; Twentieth-century Shamisen genres -- Kabuki music. The components of Kabuki music ; The music of one Kabuki scene -- Folk and popular musical arts. Folk songs ; Characteristics and performance practices. Tone system ; Form ; Rhythm ; Performance practices -- Other ethnic groups in Japan ; Folk theatricals ; Urban music -- Appendix I. Japanese music notation systems -- Appendix II. CD contents and text translations -- Appendix III. Audio-visual materials.
Abstract This book covers in a lucidly written text and a wealth of fascinating photographs and drawings the main forms of musical expression. Many readers will find the useful hints on purchasing instruments, records, and books especially valuable, and for those who wish to pursue the matter further there is a selected bibliography and a guide to Tokyo's somewhat hidden world of Japanese music. It will be found an invaluable aid to the understanding and appreciation of an important, but little-known, and fascinating aspect of Japanese culture.
General noteAccompanying CD contains examples of Japanese music performed by various performers.
General noteRevised edition of: Japanese music and musical instruments. 1959.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 317-331) and index.

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Music Music Media - Ask at Circulation Desk CD-4153 ✔ Available Place Hold
Music Music Stacks ML340 .M3 2000 ✔ Available Place Hold