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Taki Otoshi no Kyoku


This is a piece of genre Koten from the Kinko Ryû - 琴古流 School. This piece was composed for Shakuhachi by the person Kurosawa Kinko I.

History (John Singer):

This piece is also called "Take Ochi" and it was named after a beautiful waterfall called Asahi Taki located near Ryugen-Ji Temple in Izu Prefecture. Taki Otoshi is said to be a description of the sound of the waterfall and its waters flowing through the rocks.

Taki Otoshi was transmitted to Myoan-Ji Temple in Kyoto, Fudai-Ji Temple in Hamamatsu, the Kinpu Ryu (Nezasa Sect) in Aomori, and elsewhere in Japan. The piece is played in essentially the same way in each location which is rare among Shakuhachi Honkyoku music where pieces having the same title are usually performed in a completely different manner.

The melody which binds this piece appears first in its center. Therefore, if this music is divided into two parts the later half begins almost as a repetition of the first half. From the center, the later half of the piece begins as a refrain and the new melody continues until the performer's state of mind becomes lofty and peaceful.

Taki Otoshi is a well organized Honkyoku piece. It was transmitted to the Kinko Ryu by the priest Zansui at Ichigetsu-Ji Temple.

Taki Otoshi no Kyoku appears on the following albums

Complete Collection of Honkyoku from the Kinko School - Vol 2 - Disc 2 Aoki Reibo II

Kinko Ryu Honkyoku - 6 Aoki Reibo II

Kinko Ryu Shakuhachi Honkyoku Senshu - 2 Aoki Reibo II

Sangai Rinten - 3 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.

Shakuhachi Meijin Sen Yamaguchi Goro

Shakuhachi Meijin Sen 39 Yamaguchi Goro

Shakuhachi no Shinzui-Shakuhachi Honkyoku - 01 Yamaguchi Goro

Taki Ochi Vlastislav Matousek

World of Shakuhachi Yamaguchi Goro

World of Shakuhachi, The Yamaguchi Goro

Zen Music - IV Yamaguchi Goro

    Often called 'Takiochi,' which means a waterfall. There is a waterfall called Asahidaki in the Izu peninsula. It is said that this piece was composed by a komuso belonging to a temple near the waterfall. There is an old koto piece bearing the same title, which is suspected to have had something to do with this piece.

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