Tuesday, October 20, 2009

声明 & 雅楽

I missed yesterday because I was sick as a dog. I shirked my responsibilities. Deal with it. So today I have what I believe to be the oldest form of music in Japan. Shomyo is a Buddhist chanting song method that dates back to the year 710. Pretty amazing that this kind of song is still being performed.

This next song comes from the gagaku style (meaning elegant music) and is also about 300 years old. This ancient form of orchestral music is equivalent to what we would call classical, using mostly wind, string and percussion instruments. Here is a link to some gagaku recorded in 1941.

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