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Shiki no Nagame

四季の眺

This is a piece of genre Jiuta in the style of Tegotomono from the Ikuta Ryû - 生田 School. This piece was composed for Koto by the person Yaezaki Kengyo. This piece was composed for Shamisen by the person Matsûra Kengyo.

History (Tsuge Gen'ichi):

This piece Shiki no nagame ('View of the Four Seasons') was originally composed as a jiuta by the blind master of Kyoto, Matsuura, around the beginning of the nineteenth century. Later, Yaezaki Kengyo (1766?-1848) arranged it into an ensemble piece for the koto and shamisen. This is a typical tegoto-mono piece of the Kyoto style; having an extensive instrumental interlude or tegoto.

Poem (translated by Tsuge Gen'ichi)

Amid the scent of plum
The willows flutter-
In the spring breeze
We wander about
Viewing the blossoms of March.
Hovering, hovering,
The mists of evening...
In the meadows of spring,
Parsley and sagebrush
We pluck
How delightful!

Sunflowers in the village,
Rice sprouts on the paddy bank,
Show off their colors.
As we seek out
The flourishing young leaves,
Already we hear
The first song
Of the mountain warbler.
Once heard, yet
We cannot forget
Our parting with the flowers.
Of such things I will tell
When I get home.

The leaves change color,
The wild chrysanthemum blooms.
As autumn deepens.
The morning wind across the fields
Pierces our bodies that are frail as dew.
Lightly, lightly
Fall the rains of late autumn.
Even if we get wet,
How much fun it is
To see the leaves
Begin to turn red!

On the paths through winter fields,
Passers-by are scarce
And the grasses are withered.
The leaves fall
In the tree-killing winter wind-
Even the charcoal kiln's
Smoke blows cold.
In the falling snow,
The meadow paths, the mountain trails
Are clad in white-
What a joy
To behold!
Ume no nioi ni
yanagi mo nabiku
harukaze ni
momo no yayoi no
hana mite modoru
yurari yurari to
yuugasumi
haru no nogake ni
seri yomogi
(ai)
tsumikaketaru
omoshirosa
(ai)
Sato no unohana
tanomo no sanae
iro miete
shigeru wakaba no
kage toi yukeba
madaki
(ai)
hatsune no
yama-hototogisu
hitokoe ni
(ai)
hana no nagori mo
wasurarede
iezuto ni
katarabaya

(tegoto)

Kusaba irozuki
nogiku mo sakite
aki fukami
nobe no asakaze
tsuyu mi ni shimite
chirari chirari to
murashigure
yoshiya nurutomo
momijiba no
somekaketaru
omoshirosa
(ai)
Nobe no kayoiji
hitome mo kusa mo
fuyu-garete
ochiba shigururu
kogarashi no kaze
mine no sumigama
kemuri mo samuku
furu yuki ni
noji mo yamaji mo
shirotae ni
miwatashitaru
omoshirosa

Shiki no Nagame appears on the following albums

AlbumShakuhachiKotoShamisen
Abe Keiko - 03 None Nakanoshima Kin'ichi Abe Keiko
Abe Keiko Record Set - 05
Nakanoshima Kin'ichi Abe Keiko

Dream Picture Gunnar Jinmei Linder

Fujii Kunie Sokyoku Jiuta No Sekai 2 Araki Kodo V

Ikuta Ryu Sokyoku Senshu Volume 02


Music of Japan, The - Vol I Aoki Reibo II

Seiha Hogakkai Play Favorites 02 - Matsuura Kengyo


Sokyoku Jiuta Taikei 27
Imai Keisho Tomizaki Shunshô


The International Shakuhachi Society - 2017