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2010 Winner, Tanabe Hisao Prize in Musicology This work is an exposition of the traditions of Japanese blind singers who accompanied themselves on the biwa, and of the complex identity of Yamashika Yoshiyuki (1901-1996), a man widely portrayed as the last such living relic of the medieval bards called biwa hoshi. The author draws upon approaches from Japanese historical and literature studies, performance studies and ethnomusicology in an examination of history, which yielded on the one hand images of blind singers that still circulate in Japan, and on the other a particular tradition of musical story-telling and rites in regional Kyushu, of representations of Yamashika in diverse media, of his experience training for and making a living as a professional performer and rituals from the 1920s on, and of the oral compositional process in performances made between 1989 and 1992.

Table of Contents

  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. List of Figures, Tables and Examples
  2. pp. x-xi
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  1. Notes on Conventions
  2. pp. xii-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. 01 Images and Histories
  2. pp. 19-68
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  1. 02 Biwa Music of the Higo Region
  2. pp. 69-142
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  1. 03 Imagining, Encountering and Documenting Yamashika
  2. pp. 143-176
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  1. 04 Tales in Performance
  2. pp. 177-230
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  1. 05 The Life of the Road
  2. pp. 231-276
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  1. 06 Blind Biwa Singers Forgotten, Remembered and Rehabilitated
  2. pp. 277-286
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. 287-289
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  1. Appendices
  2. pp. 290-300
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 301-312
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 313-320
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  1. Cornell East Asia Series
  2. pp. 321-324
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781942242437
Related ISBN
9781933947136
MARC Record
OCLC
927384757
Pages
336
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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