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Composing for Japanese Instruments

Composing for Japanese Instruments by Minoru Miki
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The unique sounds of the biwa, shamisen, and other traditional instruments from Japan are heard more and more often in works for the concert hall and opera house. Composing for Japanese Instruments is a practical orchestration and instrumentation manual with contextual and relevant historical information for composers who wish to learn how to compose for traditional Japanese instruments. Widely regarded as the authoritative text on the subject in Japan and China, it contains hundreds of musical examples, diagrams, photographs, and fingering charts. Many of the musical examples can be heard on a companion website. The book also contains valuable appendices, one of works author Minoru Miki composed using Japanese traditional instruments, and one of works by other composers -- including Toru Takemitsu and Henry Cowell -- using these instruments.

Minoru Miki was a composer of international renown, recognized in Japan as a pioneer in writing for Japanese traditional instruments. Marty Regan is associate professor of music at Texas A&M University. Philip Flavin is associate professor at the Osaka University of Economics and Law and adjunct senior research associate of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
Boydell & Brewer Group Ltd; November 2015
286 pages; ISBN 9781782047193
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Title: Composing for Japanese Instruments
Author: Minoru Miki; Marty Regan; Philip Flavin