Changes in Noh Tracked by Audio Materials
On 16th December, 2008, the Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage held a public lecture in the large lecture room of the National Noh Theater. Since 2006, the Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage has collected audio recordings created by the Cultural Property Conservation Committee (the present day Agency for Cultural Affairs) as lecture topics. This year, we introduced the recording of Noh Hayashi (musical accompaniment), using the title Changes in Noh Tracked by Audio Materials. Details of the program (in Japanese) can be retrieved from the website of the Institute.
The Noh Hayashi, recorded in 1951, mainly aimed at recording the performances of Kawasaki Kyuen playing the knee drum (Otuzumi) and Ko Yoshimitsu playing the shoulder drum (Kotuzumi). Kawasaki and Ko both received individual certificates for the first important intangible cultural assets (so-called “Human National Treasures”). This lecture allowed listeners to hear the consummate art of two masters who sustained Noh in the Taisho and Showa Eras, while explaining the meaning of the recording created by the Cultural Property Conservation Committee, and the relationship with their play, which has been handed down orally to the present day.
We are planning to hold a lecture using the audio material created by the Cultural Property Conservation Committee next year as well.
Leaflet for the 3rd Public Lecture
Giving a talk on recordings of noh