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Composing Japanese Musical Modernity$
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Bonnie C. Wade

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226085210

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226085494.001.0001

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Composing for Chorus

Composing for Chorus

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(p.177) Chapter Six Composing for Chorus
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Composing Japanese Musical Modernity
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Bonnie C. Wade

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226085494.003.0007

Chapter Six, with Chapter Five, focuses on opportunities for composers in the environment of Japanese modernity characterized by the presence of European spheres of musical participation. Chapter Six addresses choral singing, a popular, primarily amateur sphere. Its is situated in Japan by chronological tracking from school music in the modern era, to choruses formed for political reasons, in response to post-war conditions, or in the interest of expressing Japanese sentiments. Motivations for the abundant practice of commissioning of new works from Japanese composers are explored. Intersections are noted of song and choral music, for children and adults. Some composer’s choices for texts and settings are analyzed, including works for chorus and orchestra.

Keywords:   Japan, Modernity, Choral singing, Song texts, Works for chorus and orchestra

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