World Minerals

sat 11 aug 2007 09:02 
Composer: Traditional

Japanese minerals.

In this episode of World Minerals we will travel to Japan, to listen to traditional and modern chamber music. Japanese chamber music is written for combinations of traditional instruments: the koto (a siter-like instrument) the shamisen (a three-string banjo-like instrument) the biwa (Japanese lute) and the shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute. There are also a lot of compositions with vocals. Of course we will play some older compositions  from the 18th and 19th century but also from the 20th century, because this is a very lively music genre in Japan, for which still a lot is composed today.
1. Azuma Jishi
Japan: Traditional Voices & Instrumental Music
Ensemble Nipponia
Composer: unknown, traditional
2. Edo Lullaby
Japan: Traditional Voices & Instrumental Music
Ensemble Nipponia
Composer: folk song
3. Exerpt from Sanjusangend Munagi No Yurai
Japanese Traditional Music Shamisen I
Takemoto Tsunatayu, Takezawa Yashichi
Composer: Kiyari Ondo 
4. Hoshun 
The Art of the Japanese Koto, Shakuhachi & Shamisen vol 1
Yamato Ensemble
Composer: Katsutoshi Nagasawa (1923- )
5. Zangetsu
The Art of the Japanese Bamboo Flute and Koto
Yamato Ensemble
Composer: Minezaki Koto (ca 1750-1805)
6. Komoriuta
Lullaby for the Moon
Hozan Yamaoto, Utazumi Kunishige
Composer: Inzan Tanaka (20th century)