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Sangai Rinten - 3

Sangai Rinten - 3

Yokoyama Katsuya
Denon - OX-7195

Track Title Kanji Length Shakuhachi Shamisen Koto
1   Sokkan 息観 05'13 Yokoyama Katsuya

The title of this piece has the characters for "breath" and "sight." The piece expresses the dynamic feelings which result from the contemplation of the breath. According to Wadatsumido, the most important element of shakuhachi playing is the discipline of the breath. This is particularly necessary in this piece using the very long 2 shaku 8.5 sun shakuhachi.
2   Koden Sugomori 古伝巣籠 04'12 Yokoyama Katsuya

This piece is one of the older versions of the piece "Tsuru no Sugomori" ('the nesting of cranes'). Cranes are considered a sacred bird and are believed to show a deep love between a parent bird and its child. This piece attempts to show these deep feelings of compassion and love among cranes.

Among honkyoku pieces, this is one of the more technically complex pieces with its attempt to portray the flying of the birds as well as their cries to each other.
3   San'an 産安 06'51 Yokoyama Katsuya

This traditional piece is one of several having the name "Sanya no Shirabe" all of which have been transmitted in various forms in various regions. This piece is from the Echigo District where it was used as a piece praying for "safe delivery" (sanan) in the birth of a child. It also seems to have been used as a prayer for charity and virtue in this world. The piece has a rather poignant and emotional melodic line which accounts for its unique existence among normally serene honkyoku.
4   Taki Otoshi no Kyoku 瀧落の曲 07'18 Yokoyama Katsuya

The title of this piece is sometimes read as 'Takiochi" and literally means "a waterfall falling." It is believed to be the work of Kinko KUROSAWA I who wrote the piece after viewing a waterfalls of the Ryugenji Temple in Izu.
5   Shika no Tône (Kinko Ryû) 鹿の遠音 10'45 Yokoyama Katsuya

Although most Fuke Sect shakuhachi honkyoku were written for solo shakuhachi, this very well known piece was written for two shakuhachi which trade off parts while over-lapping with each other. The .title of the piece literally means "the distant sound of deer." The usual interpretation of the piece

is that it portrays the cries of a male and female deer deep in the mountains. Another interpretation is that it represents the feelings of lonesomeness and sadness of a priest listening to the distant cries of the deer.
6   Ukigumo 浮雲 08'52 Yokoyama Katsuya

Literally "floating clouds," this piece suggests the coming and going of serene white clouds as it reflects on the existence of man in this world. Usually, a parallel is drawn with the Komuso priests who "entrusted themselves to the wind to be blown where it so wills."
7   San'ya Sugagaki 三谷菅垣 03'48 Yokoyama Katsuya

The title "Sanya" is used with a number of different characters to give it various meanings. The differing theories about its meaning are that it originally meant shamisen, that it refers to a Japanized Sanskrit word used for religious ceremonies, and that it originally was a place name.

The term "Sugagaki" is also unclear as to its meaning. It is used however in both gagaku and koto music. The piece has a very beautiful and rhythmic melody. Its metrical rhythm is unusual among normally free-rhythmic honkyoku.

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