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Music in Japan

Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture

Bonnie C. Wade

Publication Date - September 2004

ISBN: 9780195144888

208 pages
Book with CD/DVD
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

In Stock


Music in Japan is one of several case-study volumes that can be used along with Thinking Musically, the core book in the Global Music Series. Thinking Musically incorporates music from many diverse cultures and establishes the framework for exploring the practice of music around the world. It sets the stage for an array of case-study volumes, each of which focuses on a single area of the world. Each case study uses the contemporary musical situation as a point of departure, covering historical information and traditions as they relate to the present. Visit www.oup.com/us/globalmusic for a list of case studies in the Global Music Series. The website also includes instructional materials to accompany each study.
Music in Japan offers a vivid introduction to the music of contemporary Japan, a nation in which traditional, Western, and popular music thrive side by side. Drawing on more than forty years of experience, author Bonnie C. Wade focuses on three themes throughout the book and in the musical selections on the accompanying CD. She begins by exploring how music in Japan has been profoundly affected by interface with both the Western (Europe and the Americas) and Asian (continental and island) cultural spheres. Wade then shows how Japan's thriving popular music industry is also a modern form of a historically important facet of Japanese musical culture: the process of gradual popularization, in which a local or a group's music eventually becomes accessible to a broader range of people. She goes on to consider the intertextuality of Japanese music: how familiar themes, musical sounds, and structures have been maintained and transformed across the various traditions of Japanese performing arts over time.
Music in Japan is enhanced by eyewitness accounts of performances, interviews with key performers, and vivid illustrations. Packaged with an 80-minute CD containing examples of the music discussed in the book, it features guided listening and hands-on activities that encourage readers to engage actively and critically with the music.


"With the current academic trend towards interdisciplinary research, teaching materials that lend themselves to this approach are needed. This book is an excellent example of one, which is equally suited for use with other materials in an interdisciplinary context, as well as for use on its own as a basis for a music-only class. . . . All in all, Wade has provided an exceptionally well-balanced book, which will prove useful both in the music classroom and beyond."--MJ Sunny Zank, Ohio Northern University, from a review in Japan Studies Association Journal, Vol. 6, 2008

Table of Contents

    CD Track List
    1. International Interface: Looking Westward
    Setting the Scene
    "The West" Goes to Japan
    Meiji-Period Modernization
    World War I and Immediately Following
    2. International Interface: Looking Eastward
    Tradition in a Time of Change
    Interface in the First Millennium
    The Gagaku Ensemble as We Hear It
    Membranophones and an Idiophone
    Percussion Parts in Gagaku Music
    Strokes and Stroke Sequences
    Coordinated Percussion Patterns
    Gagaku through Time
    3. Focusing Inward and Across Boundaries
    Beyond Classical Music Training
    Beyond the Palace
    Beyond the Temple
    Fuzzing of Folk and Popular
    Tsugaru syamisen
    The Syamisen
    Drumming Ensembles
    Matsuri bayashi
    Within the World of Koto
    Keiko Nosaka and the Twenty-stringed Koto
    Yatsuhashi Ryu and "Rokudan"
    Ikuta Kengyo and Yamada Kengyd=o
    Michio Migyai and Shin nihon ongaku
    Traditional Music for Koto
    Contemporary Composition for Koto
    From Theater to Film
    4. Intertextuality in the Theatrical Arts
    The No Drama and Ataka
    The Staging
    The Plays and Musical Setting
    The Acting Forces
    The Musicians and Instruments
    The Kabuki Theater
    From No to Kabuki
    The Musicians
    The Music
    The Film Men Who Step on the Tiger's Tail
    5. Managing International Interface
    Continuing Interface
    Looking to the East
    Niche Musics from Around the World
    Jazz and the Authenticity Issue
    Hip-hop in Japan
    Continuing the Inward Look
    National Cultural Policies
    The Choral Phenomenon
    Music and the Media
    Film Music
    Theme Songs
    The New York Nexus
    6. From Japan Outward
    Japanese Diasporas
    Jazz and "Japaneseness"
    Kurasiku ongaku
    Sharing the concern about "Japaneseness"
    Expressing "Japaneseness" Aesthetically
    The Seasons in Japanese Music
    Keiko Abe and the Marimba

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