Sunday, November 6, 2011

Gagaku is the ancient Japanese court music

Japanese Gagaku Music

In the history of Traditional Japanese music, the first great success was that took place during the Heian period (794 - 1192 AD). This is the period in which the Japanese music that was popular among the common people were sophisticated. All the different types of music from various Asian countries were assimilated and later modified to acquire certain distinct features Japanese.

Gagaku was the kind of music that took place in court and was very popular among the upper classes and nobility. There are three categories of gagaku: pure Japanese music, foreign music and original music was composed in Japan by using musical influences from abroad. Gagaku is performed not only in the court, which also took place in temples and shrines.

Gagaku addition, another important musical style Shomyo. Used in many Buddhist sources, vocal music is the origin of Japanese vocal music that evolved years later.


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