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Composing Japanese Musical Modernity

Bonnie C. Wade


When, in the second half of the nineteenth century, Japanese leaders put into motion processes of modernization, Western music was adopted into the curriculum of a new educational system as a technology for producing shared cultural space for all Japanese people. As the infrastructures of modernity developed, a new role of composer apart from performer was created to meet the needs that emerged in education, industry and commerce (Part 1). The absorption of Western music in Japan did indeed create an environment of shared cultural space— shared internally by all Japanese people including those ... More

Keywords: Composers, Modernization, Modernity, Infrastructures, Japan, Western music, Japanese traditional music, Affordance, Musical reception, Ethnography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226085210
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226085494.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bonnie C. Wade, author