Genji (the Shining Prince) and the Koto Player

By Diana Blom

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Violin and piano, c.8'30
The story of "The Tale of Genji" is full of musical references and is portrayed in this piece. Genji, himself, plays the wagon, a six-stringed koto considered old-fashioned in the story, while the key women in his life play the kin, a seven-stringed, unfretted koto from China. Several modes are mentioned including the richi (ryo) and ritsu modes, to indicate a change of mood. Poems which have a constant role in special conversations are described as tanka (short song), waka (long song) or simply uta (song). 

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ISMN 9790720101552

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