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Shaping a Music Genre through Competition and Virtuosity : 21st Century Tsugaru Shamisen Contests in Aomori Prefecture, Japan

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Title:Shaping a Music Genre through Competition and Virtuosity : 21st Century Tsugaru Shamisen Contests in Aomori Prefecture, Japan
Authors:Barsky, Jacob Meir
Keywords:Japanese
instrumental folk genre
neo-traditional music
Date Issued:Dec 2013
Publisher:[Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [December 2013]
Abstract:Tsugaru shamisen is a Japanese improvisatory instrumental folk genre that developed in the northeast part of Honshu in the Tsugaru region of Aomori prefecture. Today, Tsugaru shamisen has moved beyond its roots as a regional folk style and developed into a popular form of Japanese neo-traditional music that is both commercially successful throughout Japan and often recognized internationally.
This thesis examines virtuosity and Tsugaru shamisen performance competitions through a field study of the 2012 National Tsugaru Shamisen Competition in Hirosaki and the 2012 All-Japan Tsugaru Shamisen Competition in Kanagi. In this thesis I argue that the Tsugaru shamisen genre's evolution as a music driven by virtuosity and competition has made possible its unusual success as a commercially viable national and international music genre that is also able to act as a lucrative commodity for regional music tourism in Aomori Japan.
Description:M.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2013.
Includes bibliographical references.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/100666
Appears in Collections: M.A. - Music


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