This is the sixth volume in a series of books devoted to the history, documentation, and analysis of music in Asia. This volume represents the first in the series to be dedicated to the music of East Asia. Although more narrowly focused than previous volumes, the essays in the present volume continue the tradition established by Laurence Picken of publishing studies of musical documents from the field of Asian music and studies of sound-producing devices and musical instruments.
Preface; Koguryo instruments in Tomb No.1 at Ch'ang-ch'uan, Manchuria Song Bang-Song; Shakuhachi honkyoku notation: written sources in an oral tradition Riley Lee; Single sound: basic structure of the music of the Japanese flute shakuhachi Andreas Gutzwiller and Gerald Bennett; A report on Chinese research into the Dunhuang music manuscripts Chen Yingshi; Translation Coralie Rockwell; Where did Toragaku come from? David Waterhouse; Musico-religious implications of some Buddhist views of sound and music in the Surangama Sutra Gregg W. Howard; Composition and improvisation in Satsuma biwa Hugh De Ferranti; Glossary of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean terms.