Composing for Japanese Instruments
Minoru Miki was a composer of international renown, recognized in Japan as a pioneer in writing for Japanese traditional instruments. Marty Regan is associate professor of music at Texas A&M University. Philip Flavin is associate professor at the Osaka University of Economicsand Law and adjunct senior research associate of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
String Instruments (Lutes)
String Instruments (Zithers)
Appendix I: Works for Japanese Instruments by Minoru Miki
Appendix II: Contemporary Works for Traditional Japanese Instruments by Composers Other than Minoru Miki, 1981-2015
"The standard reference work on the subject. A fascinating book. Helpful advice on what may bother or help a player of a specific traditional Japanese instrument. [Now that the book has been reprinted without CDs,] we can listen to [the] musical examples on-line. The five and a half page introduction should be required reading for anyone interested in any traditional Japanese art form, as it deals with what makes Japanese music Japanese, and by extension what makes Japanese art and aesthetics Japanese." NOSTALGIA (LUTE & EARLY GUITAR SOCIETY OF JAPAN
"An invaluable resource for all composers, scholars, and performers who are interested in Japanese instruments. The aptly chosen examples from both traditional repertoire and Miki's own contemporary pieces, clear charts for ranges and fingerings, and in-depth discussion of idiomatic performance techniques go a long way to help demystify these beautiful instruments. I wish I had this book many, many years ago." Ken Ueno, Rome Prize-winning composer and Professor at the University of California, Berkeley
"Composing for Japanese Instruments is a well-organized and systematic manual on how to approach, listen to, and compose for traditional Japanese instruments. When Minoru Miki first published it in 1996, he brought alive the arcane world of traditional Japanese instruments and music for a new generation of Japanese composers. Now, with the English edition, composers and scholars from around the world will have the same opportunity to discover and utilize the rich musical possibilities inherent in these beautiful instruments. --, Shakuhachi performer, Artistic Director, The International House of Japan, Inc." Christopher Yohmei Blasdel
"This is the book I've always wished to have. It is not only complete in teaching about Japanese instruments but also challenging and inspiring for those of us who have an interest in new sounds and ways of making music. --Hyo-shin Na, composer" .
"A most welcome addition to the few items available in English concerning Japanese musical instruments." Philip Gelb, composer and shakuhachi player
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