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The Koto: A Traditional Instrument in Contemporary Japan

The Koto: A Traditional Instrument in Contemporary Japan (Hardback)

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The koto is a unique Japanese musical instrument. It has a history in Japan of over 1200 years and today does much to represent Japan's traditional past. This book examines this fascinating instrument in terms of its physical form, manufacture and instrument types, its performance traditions and social organisations, and its contexts of performance. Each of these aspects is explored in detail, providing ways of understanding the place of this traditional instrument in contemporary Japan. This well illustrated volume is the first in English to examine the koto in such depth. It brings together in one volume a detailed study of this remarkable instrument.

Music & DanceSheet MusicMechanical musical instrumentsMusic & DanceSheet MusicOrchestrasMusic & DanceSheet MusicString instruments NOT GuitarMusic & DanceSheet MusicWind instruments Publisher: Brill Publication Date: 01/01/2004 ISBN-13: 9789074822633  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Henry Johnson is an ethnomusicologist at the University of Otago, New Zealand, where he teaches and undertakes research in Ethnomusicology and Asian Studies. Actively involved in interdisciplinary and intercultural studies, he lectures and performs on a number of instruments, including the Japanese koto and shamisen, Javanese and Balinese gamelan, and Indian sitar.

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