Working title: The Edo-period katei ongaku: Song Texts in the Genre jiuta-sōkyoku.

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The aim of this study is to analyse a number of song texts in the genre jiuta-sōkyoku, a kind of "at-home-music" that was popular during the Edo period, and still has a vast audience and many practitioners in Japan. This genre has also began to gain a wider popularity in the Western world, partly due to the activities of non-Japanese shakuhachi performers (myself included).

I will analyse a selection of the almost 1,000 extant pieces, approximately around 700 hundred of which were composed before the Meiji restoration. My idea is to put the song texts in a socio-cultural context, as well as giving them a new rendering that would make sense to a Western (English-reading) audience of today.

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