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Three Noh Songs: Takasago, Kamo, and Kantan


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  • This large manuscript book dates from the middle of the Edo period (1600–1867). The title is found on the endpaper, inside the front cover. The book contains libretto and music notations of three Noh chants or songs, Takasago, Kamo, and Kantan, accompanied by six colorful illustrations of Noh actors. The paper has gold-painted designs underneath the text. Noh, a classical form of Japanese musical drama, developed in the middle ages. Actors, chorus, and musicians all appear on the stage together. The music, like the movement, is stripped down to create a simple, concentrated atmosphere. Takasago is a masterpiece by Zeami (1363–1443), who established Noh as a classic theatrical art. It is a story of a Shinto priest’s encounter with the spirits of two ancient trees, one at Takasago in Harima Province and the other in Settsu Province. The spirits reveal that they are husband and wife, and although separated by a great distance, their hearts are united. Kamo is said to be by Konparu Zenchiku (circa 1405–69), who further developed Noh theater after Zeami. Kamo tells the origin of Kamo Shrine, in Kyoto, with grace and gallant chants. Kantan is a moral enlightenment fable, based on Zhenzhong ji (Record within a pillow), a Chinese tale from the Tang Dynasty (618–907). A young man, napping at an inn having borrowed a magical pillow, has a dream of his glorious life, in which he reigns for 50 years. Awaking from his brief dream, he understands that life itself is only short and fragile.(en)

    料紙は、金泥下絵鳥の子紙、大きさ縦34.2センチ、横25センチの大型本、表紙は、褪色しているが、もとはもえぎ色地に網の目模様の鮮やかなものであったろうと想像される。見返しは金切箔散らし。本書には、書写年代・節付者の署名を記さないが、喜多流三代目七太夫宗能の節付本と判断され、節の三角形の様式や、高砂の老人が箒をもっている構図などは、同流の特徴である。能楽者宗能(?~1731)は、寛文5年(1655)家督を相続、貞享3年(1686)故あって改易逼塞し、翌年赦され、5代将軍徳川綱吉(1646~1709)に召されて武士として仕え、後に昇進して中条を名乗り丹波守祐山と称した。本文は幕府右筆の書写とみられ、挿図は、近従の絵師が描いたものであろう。文字の流麗さと、挿図の華麗さは、相俟って気品があり、堂々とした大型の造本と共に、尋常のものではない趣きがある。

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Titledcterms:title
Three Noh Songs: Takasago, Kamo, and Kantan(en) , 謡曲三番 高砂 賀茂 邯鄲
Issueddcterms:issued
1600
Datedcterms:date
[江戸前期] [写], [Early Edo Era] [Manuscript]
Subjectdc:subject
謡曲, Yōkyoku
Audienceschema:audience
一般, General
Languagedc:language
jpn
Data Providereadl:dataProvider
National Diet Library, Japan(en) , 国立国会図書館
Provided Ineadl:providedIn
Japan
Holding Agenteadl:holdingAgent
National Diet Library, Japan(en) , 国立国会図書館
Extenteadl:extent
1冊 ; 34.5×25.0cm, 1 Volume; 34.5×25.0cm
sameAsowl:sameAs
http://id.ndl.go.jp/bib/000009441109
Descriptiondcterms:description
装丁 : 和装, 彩色挿絵6図あり, 資料種別 : [書写資料], Conjectured as verses composed for lyrics written by Shichidayu Muneyoshi, a third generation member of the Kitaryu clan, 喜多流三代目七太夫宗能の節付本か, 書名は見返しに貼付した紙片による, Titled based on a scrap attached to flyleaf, 6 Colored Illustrations, Binding: Japanese-style Binding, Type: [Manuscript]
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http://dl.ndl.go.jp/titleThumb/info:ndljp/pid/1288375
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http://id.ndl.go.jp/bib/000009441109
Local Holdingeadl:localHolding
WA21-19
Categoryschema:category
http://eadl.asia/collection/JapanCollection , http://eadl.asia/collection/NDL_ClassicalMaterialCollection , http://eadl.asia/collection/NDL_Others
Labelrdfs:label
Three Noh Songs: Takasago, Kamo, and Kantan(en) , 謡曲三番 高砂 賀茂 邯鄲
Digitizedeadl:digitized
eadl:NDL000009441109_DO261

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