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Kinuta Sugomori

砧巣籠

This is a piece of genre Koten from the Kinko Ryû - 琴古流 School.

History (John Singer):

As with many of the Kinko Ryu Honkyoku pieces, "Kinuta Sugomori" is indirectly connected with Japanese stringed instrument music created during the Edo period (1603 - 1867). Among the several "Ji" characters used in the "Ji Mono" of Jiuta Shamisen music there is a "Kinuta Ji" which is said to imitate the sound made when women beat the household fabrics in the autumn evenings.

In the story of the Noh play called "Kinuta", the wife was waiting in loneliness for her husband to return home after his having been away on a trip to the Capitol. After some time, she received a letter from her beloved telling her of a delay in his return until the following year. So, she would beat the household fabrics rhythmically in the cool autumn evenings to pass the time in her sadness.

In this piece, the technique called "Uchi" is often used. This technique reveals an aspect which relates to the "Sugomori-Ji" of the Shamisen (Chin-rin, chin-rin).

Kinuta Sugomori appears on the following albums

AlbumShakuhachiKotoShamisen
Complete Collection of Honkyoku from the Kinko School - Vol 1 - Disc 2 Aoki Reibo II

Kinko Ryu Honkyoku - 2 Aoki Reibo II

Shakuhachi no Shinzui-Shakuhachi Honkyoku - 12 Yamaguchi Goro

Yamaguchi Goro no Sekai Yamaguchi Goro


The International Shakuhachi Society - 2017