Music in kabuki : more than meets the eye

Authored by: Alison McQueen Tokita

The Ashgate Research Companion to Japanese Music

Print publication date:  October  2008
Online publication date:  February  2017

Print ISBN: 9780754656999
eBook ISBN: 9781315172354
Adobe ISBN: 9781351697613


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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 , 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).

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