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Title:The use of traditional Japanese music as an inspiration for modern saxophone compositions: An interpretive guide to Joji Yuasa's Not I but the wind' and Masakazu Natsuda's West, or Evening Song in Autumn
Author(s):Anderson, Christopher
Director of Research:Lund, Erik R.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Richtmeyer, Debra
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Lund, Erik R.; Nettl, Bruno; Harris, David
Department / Program:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Non-western music
Abstract:The use of non-Western music, particularly the traditional music of Japan, as the impetus for Western compositions has become increasingly common in music for saxophone since 1970. Many of the composers who have undertaken this fusion of styles are of Japanese nationality, but studied composition in Western conservatories and schools of music. Two composers who have become known for the use of elements from Japanese music within their compositions intended for Western instruments and performers are Joji Yuasa and Masakazu Natsuda. The aim of this study is to examine the manners in which these two composers approached the incorporation of Japanese musical aesthetics into their music for the saxophone. The first part of the document examines Joji Yuasa’s Not I, but the wind…, which uses the shakuhachi flute as its stylistic inspiration. A history and description of the shakuhachi flute, as well as the techniques used to create its distinctive musical style are provided. This is followed by a detailed examination of the manner in which the composer utilizes these stylistic elements within the composition, and a performance guide that stipulates how these elements should be interpreted by saxophonists. The second part of the document examines Masakazu Natsuda’s West, or Evening Song in Autumn, with a focus on the compositional elements of the piece that see their roots in the music of the gagaku court orchestra. The elements of form within the piece will be examined in detail, with a focus on the derivation of these structures from a typical piece written for the gagaku court orchestra. The impact that these structures have on interpretation will be examined in detail to provide performers with the information necessary to make educated interpretational decisions that are based on the aesthetic goals of gagaku.
Issue Date:2014-05-30
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 Christopher Anderson
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-05-30
Date Deposited:2014-05

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