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Japanese Traditional Shakuhachi

Yokoyama Katsuya

Track Title Kanji Length Shakuhachi Shamisen Koto
1   Sokkan 息観 05'33 Yokoyama Katsuya

Origin unknown. The title Sokkan might have some relationship with the Zen Buddhist concept of Seikan , the 'serene contemplation'. The player gets him self absorbed in each note in low register trying to 'see the truth with his mind's eye'.
2   Daha 打波 04'53 Yokoyama Katsuya

Origin unknown. Shirabe (melody) by a mendicant priest standing at a crossroads.
3   Hi Fu Mi Hachigaeshi no Shirabe (Kinko Ryu) 一二三鉢返の調 09'23 Yokoyama Katsuya

Kanto district origin. The first piece of the thirty-six Honkyoku melodies of the Kinko-school. Played while the priest was asking for alms.
4   Kokû (Dokyoku) 虚空 12'05 Yokoyama Katsuya

Tohoku district origin. Koku is a Buddhist concept described as "the eternal space where all lives and creatures are allowed to exist without any hindrance (the Kojien Dictionary)".
5   Sagari Ha (Nezasa Ha) 下り葉 (根笹) 04'26 Yokoyama Katsuya

From the repertoire of the Nezasa-school of Tsugaru district. Employs special effect of komibuki, which depicts a north wind blowing through a bamboo grove. This piece had been especially loved by the lords of the Tsugaru clan.
6   Hon Shirabe 本調 03'38 Yokoyama Katsuya

Hamamatsu district origin. Has a melody of pure simplicity and intuitive power.
7   San'ya (Dokyoku) 三谷 07'32 Yokoyama Katsuya

Chuukyoo district origin. Its title Sanya (three valleys) is believed to have derived from its melodic design with three climaxes each time dropping back to quieter music. Many different pieces of the same name exist.
8   San'an 産安 06'57 Yokoyama Katsuya

Niigata and its vicinity. A prayer for easy delivery of babies. This piece is also called "Jimbo-sanya" or "Ohshu-sanya" since the master player Masanosuke Jimbo (active in the last years of Tokugawa shogunate period) is believed to have transmitted the piece.
9   Yamagoe (aka Reiho) 鈴法 05'03 Yokoyama Katsuya

Kyushu district origin. Has an angular melodic line. Full of lively motion.
10   Tsuru no Sugomori (Dokyoku) 鶴の巣籠 07'32 Yokoyama Katsuya

Sendai district origin. Tsuru (crane) has been esteemed as a sacred bird. It is also a symbol of perfect mercy since parent crane protects its fledgling children at the risk of its life. Music opens with a picturesque image" of daybreak and gives a vivid description of flying crane.
11   San'ya (Yama-Tani) 山谷 10'26 Yokoyama Katsuya

Tohoku district origin. Among many other pieces titled Sanya, this is of the most tranquility and calm.
12   Azuma Jishi 吾妻獅子 02'39 Yokoyama Katsuya

One of the Gaikyoku (outside pieces) included in the Honkyoku repertoire along with another similar sample Kumoi jishi. Piece for consolation.
13   Tamuke 手向 04'44 Yokoyama Katsuya

Ise district origin. Combines the elements of requiem and elegy of the Western music.

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