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Music in Japan : Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture (Global Music Series) - Bonnie C. Wade

Music in Japan

Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture (Global Music Series)

Paperback Published: 23rd September 2004
ISBN: 9780195144888
Number Of Pages: 206

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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.

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"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

Foreword: Preface: 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 Aerophones: Chordophones: 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 Tsukushi-goto 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: Movement: The Musicians and Instruments: The Kabuki Theater From No to Kabuki Kanjincho 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: Enka J-pop: Theme Songs: The New York Nexus: Noise: 6. From Japan Outward Japanese Diasporas Karaoke: Jazz and "Japaneseness": Kurasiku ongaku Sharing the concern about "Japaneseness" Expressing "Japaneseness" Aesthetically The Seasons in Japanese Music Keiko Abe and the Marimba: Conclusion Glossary: References: Resources: Index:

ISBN: 9780195144888
ISBN-10: 0195144880
Series: Global Music Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 206
Published: 23rd September 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.26