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The word means GAGAKU elegant, refined sound or music. In the Heian period (7o.), more than thirty types of devices were used to make music China, Korea, India, and the music native to Japan.

Gagaku is the most important early Japanese
music. It shares with music Kabuki the distinction of having appliances in each of the three basic orchestra

units, percussion, strings and winds. While not
make the most of their opportunities orchestra as
Kabuki ago, is regarded by some as the music "real" orchestra only in Japan.

There are four types of Gagaku —

Instrumental · KANGEN

· Bugaku dance music

· Songs

· RITUAL MUSIC for Shinto ceremonies

The present bugaku and Kangen is classified
into two groups. SAHO (left) and UHO (right). Music of the left Saho consists mainly of music from China and
several pieces from India. Music Uho the right
is mostly from Korea and some parts of Manchuria.
This classification seems to represent a combination of
of old ideas in Japan, which left at times
partners with the spiritual and peaceful, is superior
right, the more physical and earthly. Furthermore, the
fact that at the time, Chinese music was more popular
Korean music. Musical pieces composed in Japan are also classified in the style or the right or left.

The pieces of the repertoire of Gagaku are further classified
in small, medium and large components. The distinction may
have their origin in the number of players required for
accompany dances. The large and medium pieces
usually follow the jo-ha-kyu shape, although there
evidence that some pieces had a fourth section, EI
between the HA and sections KYU. It is a style
tradition of the arts of Japan. That means, (slow) introduction, (faster) development, and (of land) of any interruption or termination. The smaller pieces tend to have only a KYU HA and sections. The tempos are generally very slow and the differences between slow and fast not vary much from
the extent of Western music.

Another notable performance style is a kind of free —
style guns. In carrying out the movement of Jo (left) bugaku, the principle of SHO (mouth organ) initiates a
melody. Then a second player Sho begins several beats
later. It is followed by a third. The head of Hichiriki
(oboe) joins the group Sho, then a second player behind
him so on. The flautists join the group in the same
fashion. Thus, the entire group of three different wind
sections form a cannon freestyle in a rhythm without creating a chaotic sound, with great dynamism. This same
acting style is found in six parts called Choshin.
Choshin are used for the entry of dancers from the

Much of the pleasure of Gagaku is the archaic flavor.
For those accustomed to the dynamic unity of the West
music symphony, the static beauty of Gagaku can
seems very strange. Listening to a story Gagaku
sound lesson and a "time machine" way back in the
the soul of the Heian court. As it stands, is a shadow
of what was and still remains one of the clearest
visits left of the grandeur and artistic tastes of the
Court of ancient Japan.

Sources: Japanese music and William MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS P Malm 1959 Tuttle Publ cooperation.


Kishibe Shigeo 1984 co Ongaku no Tomo Sha.


1997 Diagram Group Sterling Publ. co.

Timothy Jordan was bon in Detroit Michigan where he began a career in music at a very early age. Having studied with the regions top teachers and performers he set off on his own “MUSO SHUGYO” or musical wanderings and ended up in Boston, Mass. While there he has performed in some of the countless top music groups, touring, and recording for live, television, theatre and movies. His percussion skills took him to Japan where he had an intensive study with the drummers of KODO. Mr. Jordan also has studied several martial arts styles including Iaido, the Japanese Sword. He continues to day to further his cultural studies and is currently the owner of an Asian art and cultural goods internet retail business, LIVE COMPLETE and ZENSHO PRODUCTS

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