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Piercing the Structure of Tradition – Flute Performance, Continuity, and Freedom in the Music of Noh Drama - Cornell Scholarship Online
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Piercing the Structure of Tradition: Flute Performance, Continuity, and Freedom in the Music of Noh Drama

Mariko Anno


What does freedom sound like in the context of traditional Japanese theater? Where is the space for innovation, and where can this kind of innovation be located in the rigid instrumentation of the Noh drama? This book investigates flute performance as a space to explore the relationship between tradition and innovation. This first English-language monograph traces the characteristics of the Noh flute (nohkan), its music, and transmission methods and considers the instrument's potential for development in the modern world. The book examines the musical structure and nohkan melodic patterns of f ... More

Keywords: traditional Japanese theatre, innovation, Noh drama, flute performance, Noh flute, nohkan, music, Noh plays, nohkan performer, contemporary Noh composition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781939161079
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781939161079.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mariko Anno, author
Tokyo Institute of Technology

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