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Sangai Rinten - 2

Sangai Rinten - 2

Yokoyama Katsuya
Denon - OX-7194

Track Title Kanji Length Shakuhachi Shamisen Koto
1   Futatsu no Uta 二つの歌 15'32 Yokoyama Katsuya
Sawai Tadao
First composed in 1975, "Futatsu-no-uta" (two songs') was partially rewritten in 1978. The opening shomyo, (Buddhist chant) style singing uses the Iroha arrangement of the Japanese kana syllabary as its text. This is one uta with the second uta being the 'Kangen-no-uta' ("song for pipes and strings") featuring the shakuhachi Nolan and 17-string koto. Normally tuned in two octaves, the 17-string koto here is tuned over four octaves.
The end of the piece again returns to the shomyo singing style, this time with the use of a typical yoke, a chant for "teaching" of the Shinbone Sect of Buddhism entitled "Rumor no Yoke" ('the teaching of a dragon girl'). This is a 12th century text telling how Manjusri Bodhisatva taught an eight-year old dragon girl the path of Buddha using the Lotus Sutra.
2   Ririura 理里有楽 08'12 Yokoyama Katsuya

Composed in 1978, ririura is another name for soga, a singing style of the Middle Ages in Japan. Although very little is known about this type of song, it is thought to have used the shakuhachi as an accompanying instrument. Here it is used mainly for the echo of the word and what it conjures up in terms of the echo of the shakuhachi.

Although the piece displays a shakuhachi honkyoku feeling, it uses several pitches which are not normally used in honkyoku. The piece features the very low tones of the 2 shaku 7 sun instrument in duet with the regular shakuhachi.
3   Onku 音句 16'16 Yokoyama Katsuya

Literally meaning "sound poem", this piece was composed in 1964 for performance by the Shakuhachi Sanbon Kai. It is meant to give the feeling of a "haiku in sound".
4   Makiri 魔切(または魔斬) 05'36 Yokoyama Katsuya

Composed in 1975, the characters in the title of the piece mean "the devil" and "to sever" or "cut."

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