Music in Kabuki: more than meets the eye

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Abstract

Kabuki theatre is a vital record of Japanese urban popular culture from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. The focus of a large number of studies and translations in English, it is the successor to the medieval theatre of nō, and (along with bunraku) the pre-eminent theatrical form of the Edo period. Although primarily drama, music is an essential ingredient of kabuki, as are dance and other formalized movements (kata).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Ashgate Research Companion to Japanese Music
EditorsAlison McQueen Tokita, David W Hughes
Place of PublicationAldershot UK
PublisherAshgate Publishing Limited
Chapter10
Pages229-260
Number of pages32
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781315172354
ISBN (Print)9780754656999
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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