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Old (pre-WWII) Gagaku recordings now online

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  • Ellen Badgley
    Robert Garfias, probably the leading Western expert on gagaku (he studied with the Imperial Household Agency musicians during the 1950 s), has just put some
    Message 1 of 2 , May 29, 2007
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      Robert Garfias, probably the leading Western expert on gagaku (he
      studied with the Imperial Household Agency musicians during the
      1950's), has just put some excellent recordings up on his website.
      These date from before WWII so the recording quality is not great, but
      the performance itself (Garfias claims) is one of the finest it is
      possible to hear.

      http://media2.nacs.uci.edu/rgarfias/mp3/japan/japan.html (The gagaku
      recordings are about halfway down the page.)

      Number 1 is very interesting: the Japanese national anthem, Kimigayo,
      was originally composed during the Meiji period as a gagaku piece,
      although it is not performed that way today.

      Gorgeous.

      - Abe no Akirakeiko
    • wodeford
      ... Thank you for posting this! What a fascinating collection. Saionji no Hanae
      Message 2 of 2 , May 29, 2007
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        --- In sca-jml@yahoogroups.com, "Ellen Badgley" <flyingrat42@...> wrote:
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        > Robert Garfias, probably the leading Western expert on gagaku (he
        > studied with the Imperial Household Agency musicians during the
        > 1950's), has just put some excellent recordings up on his website.

        Thank you for posting this! What a fascinating collection.

        Saionji no Hanae
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