Music Japan

The Travelling Taishôgoto 大正琴

The Travelling Taishôgoto 大正琴

  • 9th May 2020

Musical instruments from Japan – Yamaha grand pianos and wind instruments come to mind, or Suzuki violins; or else traditional Japanese instruments, of which the large taiko drums and the shakuhachi flute are probably most familiar in the West. Occasionally one can also hear other instruments in Europe, such as…

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The Premiere of Kate I. Hansen’s Slesvig, Sendai, 11 June 1932

The Premiere of Kate I. Hansen’s Slesvig, Sendai, 11 June 1932

  • 5th June 2018

As described in my previous blog, The Suzuki String Quartet and Kate I. Hansen’s Slesvig, the first performance of the entire quartet, Slesvig (or “Schlesvig”, as Hansen spells the title), took place on 11 June 1932, at Miyagi College in Sendai. Hansen had taught at the college since 1907 and…

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MUSIC MATTERS!

MUSIC MATTERS!

  • 28th July 2017

The other day, during a discussion of my teaching, a colleague in religious studies said to me, ‘well a course on music in Japan is too specialized’, or something to that effect. WHY, I ask, should music ‘specialized’ than, for example, religion? I would contend that, on the whole, most…

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