In search of the historical development of double-reed pipe melodies in Japanese Tōgaku: Early hypotheses and new perspectives

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Abstract

This paper represents the first attempt to trace the historical development of the double-reed pipe melodies in tōgaku, a musical repertory imported into Japan from China between the seventh and the ninth centuries and performed to this day. In this study, I analyze the double-reed pipe melody in each historical period, and by comparing it with the development of the transverse flute, which plays similar melodies to those of the double-reed pipe today, I shed light on the differences in melodic development between the double-reed pipe and transverse flute. Copyright © 2011 by the University of Texas Press.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-111
JournalAsian Music
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Citation

Ng, K.-W. (2011). In search of the historical development of double-reed pipe melodies in Japanese Tōgaku: Early hypotheses and new perspectives. Asian Music, 42(2), 88-111. doi: 10.1353/amu.2011.0021

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