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Zen - Katsuya Yokoyama - 02

Zen - Katsuya Yokoyama - 02

Yokoyama Katsuya
WERGO - SM 1034-50

Track Title Kanji Length Shakuhachi Shamisen Koto
1   Hi Fu Mi Hachigaeshi no Shirabe (Kinko Ryu) 一二三鉢返の調 09'06 Yokoyama Katsuya

(One, two, three, return the bowl)

This piece was played by the Komuso or priest expressing his gratitude when he returned the bowl to the house owner after receiving alms.
2   Azuma Jishi (Taizan Ha) 吾妻獅子 02'09 Yokoyama Katsuya

Azuma means East or Eastern Japan. This piece represents nostalgia for the home land by featuring the scenery and folklore of Azuma.

Like Kumoi Jishi it belongs to the category of Hate music.

The Komuso priest played Hate music in the afternoon, when he was free from the strict discipline of religion. Hence the alternative title of the piece Hirukara - Afternoon -.
3   San'ya (Fudaiji) 三谷 06'02 Yokoyama Katsuya

(Three Valleys)

There are various interpretations of the word San-Ya, for instance:

1. The transcription in sound of the Sanscrit word meaning meeting.

2. Mental concentration.

3. Three high-pitched melodies expressing the echo of the sound in three valleys.

This piece is a composition originating from the Fudaiji Temple in Hamamatsu, Central Japan.
4   Shirabe (Nezasa Ha) 調 (根笹) 02'26 Yokoyama Katsuya

Like Honshirabe, this is a piece of Shirabe music. It is often played before the Sagari Ha.
5   Daha 打波 03'40 Yokoyama Katsuya

This piece has the purpose of representing self-discipline. A very fast tempo and violent breathing indicate the manifestations of the mind under strict discipline.
6   Shingetsu 心月 06'04 Yokoyama Katsuya

Shingetsu denotes a state of mind resembling clear moonlight.
7   Kokû (Fudaiji) 虚空 10'20 Yokoyama Katsuya

Kokuu means literally sky, but it also has the more profound meaning of the sublimity of the mind. This piece is said to have been composed over seven hundred years ago and is regarded as one of the three oldest classical works of Shakuhachi music.

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