Court and religious music (1): history of gagaku and sh?my?

Authored by: Steven G. Nelson

The Ashgate Research Companion to Japanese Music

Print publication date:  October  2008
Online publication date:  February  2017

Print ISBN: 9780754656999
eBook ISBN: 9781315172354
Adobe ISBN: 9781351697613


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Every year on 22 April, the Osaka temple Shitenn?ji reverberates with the voices of Buddhist priests and the sounds of gagaku instruments, as the Sh?ry?-e ceremony is celebrated in memory of Prince Sh?toku (574–622). On the day of the ceremony, a stone platform over a large pond in its northern precincts serves as the stage for performances of Buddhist chant and gagaku dance. They are woven into a complex ritual structure that was, for more than a thousand years, the standard form employed at large-scale religious ceremonies at major temples and shrines.

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