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Japan

Bonnie Wade

in Music

ISBN: 9780199757824
Published online June 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199757824-0038
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In this entry, the topic of Japanese music encompasses historical repertoires and practices that are usually referred to as “traditional music” as well as music created since the systematic introduction of Western musical theory, instruments, and repertoire in the Meiji era (1868–1912). In terms of the literature that is available about each of them—work produced by both Japanese and non-Japanese writers—the attention paid to traditional music has been far more plentiful. Here, sources on traditional music are organized into major sections on theory, on Imperial court music, on major theatrical genres in which music is a prominent (if not primary) element, on folk music, and on important instruments and their musical repertoires (see Instruments and Their Music). A good deal of the literature on traditional music speaks to those genres as they are learned and performed today, with meaningful space in the modern society. Two sections are devoted to literature on repertoires received or created in Japan since the nation opened its doors to international cultures in late 19th century. One of those sections focuses on popular musics, while the other focuses on composers of the modern era in the “concert music” sphere. Internally, Japan’s musical culture is a flourishing cosmopolitan one; beyond Japan, the place of contemporary Japanese composers and musicians in international spheres is burgeoning.

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Subjects: Music ; Applied Music ; Ethnomusicology ; Music Theory and Analysis ; Musicology and Music History ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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