The Koto: A Traditional Instrument in Contemporary Japan

The Koto: A Traditional Instrument in Contemporary Japan

by Henry Johnson
     
 

The koto is a unique Japanese musical instrument. It has a history in Japan of over 1200 years and today does much to represent Japan's traditional past. This book examines this fascinating instrument in terms of its physical form, manufacture and instrument types, its performance traditions and social organisations, and its contexts of performance. Each of

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The koto is a unique Japanese musical instrument. It has a history in Japan of over 1200 years and today does much to represent Japan's traditional past. This book examines this fascinating instrument in terms of its physical form, manufacture and instrument types, its performance traditions and social organisations, and its contexts of performance. Each of these aspects is explored in detail, providing ways of understanding the place of this traditional instrument in contemporary Japan. This well illustrated volume is the first in English to examine the koto in such depth. It brings together in one volume a detailed study of this remarkable instrument.

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Henry Johnson’s The Koto: A Traditional Instrument in Contemporary Japan will appeal to a wide spectrum of musical instrument specialists and to generalists interested in Japanese music and culture. Lavishly illustrated and abundantly annotated, this book is an object of beauty as well as a scholarly resource. (…) Henry Johnson is to be congratulated for successfully – and artfully- representing the koto in its historical and present-day cultural contexts.
Beth Bullard in Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society, volume XXXIV, 2008.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789074822633
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2004
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
9.46(w) x 11.34(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Henry Johnson is an ethnomusicologist at the University of Otago, New Zealand, where he teaches and undertakes research in Ethnomusicology and Asian Studies. Actively involved in interdisciplinary and intercultural studies, he lectures and performs on a number of instruments, including the Japanese koto and shamisen, Javanese and Balinese gamelan, and Indian sitar.

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