Japanese Music and Culture Term Paper by Nicky

Japanese Music and Culture
An examination of how Japanese music has evolved from ancient times to the modern era.
# 149277 | 3,169 words | 4 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 05, 2011 in Asian Studies (East Asian Cultures) , Dance (History) , Music Studies (History)

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The paper looks at ancient Japanese music, including the type of music known as Noo and the n mai dance drama. The paper identifies several different instruments that make up the music of traditional Japanese dance dramas and early court music and shows how Japanese music represents many changes in Japanese culture. Finally, the paper examines modern Japanese music and how karaoke may be one of the most enduring contributions Japan has made to modern music around the world.

Ancient Japanese Music
Noo (Sometimes Called Noh)
Nomai Dance Drama
Japanese Musical Instruments
Japanese Music and Culture
Modern Japanese Music

From the Paper:

"During the court music phase, several key instruments played a part in the orchestra. These included huge dadaiko drums played with large beaters, combined with smaller drums, gongs, and other drums, along with wind instruments like flutes and mouth organs, and stringed instruments, like lutes and the koto, noted below. Each of these instruments combined to create strong, often heavy rhythms that helped create the movement and performance of the dancers in their roles.
"By the fourteenth century, (the Kamakura period), musical performances became more attractive. Buddhist chanting became popular, and so did theatrical arts, such as lyrical dancing. Author Malm notes, "In general, the music of the Kamakura period is marked by a new emphasis on vocal and dramatic music" (Malm, 2000, p. 37). During this long history of development of the arts, several musical styles and performances began to develop and mature. During this time, Japan was changing from a dynasty culture to a feudalistic society led by the Shogun class, so as Japan's culture was evolving, their music was evolving as well, indicating how these two aspects of Japanese history go hand in hand.
"Then came a period of religious music, mostly Shinto and Buddhist, which included chanting and dramatic dance, which helped form the lyrical dance dramas that became so popular in the country. This religious phase indicates how music was changing as the country's culture changed and grew, and illustrates how the country's leadership influences were changing, as well."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Asai, S. M. (1999). Nomai dance drama: A surviving spirit of medieval Japan. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
  • Malm, W.P. (2000). Traditional Japanese music and musical instruments. Tokyo, Japan: Kodansha International.
  • Tokita, A. & Hughes, D.W. (2008). Ashgate research companion to Japanese music. Surry, UK: Ashgate Publishing.
  • Wellesz, E. (Ed.). (1999). Ancient and oriental music. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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