Other East Asian Musical Scales
The signs of rain in the heart that won’t fade away don’t sing a song that makes you wither but a song that makes you shine.” — Royz – Noah, Japan
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Japan’s culture has been deeply influenced by China for many centuries. Japan had its own distinctive culture, but the Japanese imperial state used Chinese language and imported culture. Gigaku, Chinese masked drama, entered Japan some 1500 years ago.
Gagaku music featured music by wind, strings and percussion. Some of the instruments like koto and biwa and the drums are related to instruments used in other genres, but others, like the nasal hichiriki and the harmonica-like sho are used only in Gagaku and are a part of its distinctive sound. Rimpa-gaku also found its way into the southern part of the Vietnam peninsula (“pieces of the left”). Pieces from Korea are called “pieces of the right”…
Biwa music also emerged from itinerant blind musicians who were largely rejected by society. The biwa itself is a lutelike instrument, and these musicians sang epic poems often taken from the Tales of the Heike and to support the spirit of samurai. The instrumental music is rather elaborate.
Japan biwa scales
And here are just a few of the wildly exotic scales in this chapter!
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