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Saibara
Japanese Court Songs of the Heian Period

Volume 1. Text

  • Date Published: April 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521105972

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  • Saibara ('Drover's Songs') is the title of a genre of measured Japanese court song, traditionally believed to have been derived from the songs of pack-horse drivers bringing tribute from the provinces to the Heian capital and known to have formed part of the official court repertory at least since AD 859. From literature of the Heian period (782–1184) it is evident that these songs enjoyed great popularity at court as entertainment music practised by noble amateurs. Six songs are still performed today, albeit vastly modified. As well as being of value to musicologists, these volumes will interest readers concerned with early Japanese literature and paleography.

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    • Date Published: April 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521105972
    • length: 432 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Sources
    Part II. Instruments, tablatures and transcription of the primary musical sources
    Part III. A detailed study of a typical Saibara illustrating analytical procedures applied to the entire repertory
    Part IV. Relationships between Saibara and pieces from the Togaku and Komagaku repertories
    Part V. Melodies and melody-types
    Part VI. Transformation of the six Saibara of the modern repertory
    Bibliography
    Indexes.

  • Author

    Elizabeth Markham

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