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Unformatted text preview: to detail. Gagaku (elegant music) embodies the idea of timelessness time. The piece seems to be constructed of clearly differentiated elements, with each instrumental timbre having a separate function. It plays at temple or palace Kabuki Popular music theater form developed for Japan’s middle class in the eighteenth century. Analysis: is is about a Buddhist monk who refuses the advances of a beautiful woman who later turns herself into a monster. It has more action and visual interest than Japan’s earlier and more classical theater, noh. Both noh and kabuki include one kind of sound not heard elsewhere: the “yo” and “ho” calls of the drummers. Japanese music tonal subtleties abound, especially because of the frequent tone-bending. All part work together to achieve a constantly changing flow of tension, relaxation, movement, and meaning....
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This document was uploaded on 11/02/2011 for the course MUSIC MU 111 at Montgomery.
- Spring '11