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Shō

David W. Hughes

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online, issue Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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Japanese mouth organ. It is descended from the Chinese Sheng, of which shō is the Japanized pronunciation, and is used in various genres of gagaku (court music). The Japanese version has 17 bamboo pipes (two of which have no reed), a lacquered wood bowl and a short mouthpiece.

Six mouth organs are preserved in the 8th-century Shōsōin imperial repository in Nara; three are shō and three are the larger u (i.e. Chinese yu).

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Subjects: Music

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