Erschienen: 31.01.2004 Abbildung von Johnson | The Koto | 2004


The Koto

A Traditional Instrument in Contemporary Japan

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2004. Buch. 200 S. Hardcover

Hotei Publishing. ISBN 9789074822633

In englischer Sprache


The 'koto' is a unique Japanese musical instrument. It has a history in Japan of over 1200 years and today does much to represent Japan's traditional past. This book examines this fascinating instrument in terms of its physical form, manufacture and instrument types, its performance traditions and social organisations, and its contexts of performance. Each of these aspects is explored in detail, providing ways of understanding the place of this traditional instrument in contemporary Japan. This well illustrated volume is the first in English to examine the 'koto' in such depth. It brings together in one volume a detailed study of this remarkable instrument.

Integral to this study is a look at the social organizations of 'koto' performance, and how they regulate and influence the transmission of the instrument and its music. Emphasis is placed on the internal structures of performing traditions, as well as ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ perspectives that are important in establishing one’s place as a player, Johnson also examines the 'koto' and the significance of its main performance contexts, beginning with the role of the player and of mediated contexts. He demonstrates how different music traditions have used and devised notations systems as an additional means by which traditions identify themselves. Also included in the book is an examination of scales, tunings and music genres, as well as the instrument’s idiomatic language of music ornamention.


Die 8. Auflage ist wieder auf sechs Bände angelegt. Darin finden sich übersichtlich und in systematischer Gliederung Vertragsmuster aus der Feder erfahrener Experten. Jedem dieser Muster folgen Anmerkungen, mit denen der dem Vertragsentwurf zu Grunde liegende Sachverhalt und die Gründe für die Wahl des spezifischen Formulars erläutert werden.


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