Zeami: Performance Notes

Kobo ebook | May 12, 2008

byMotoyiko Zeami, Tom Hare

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Zeami (1363-1443), Japan's most celebrated actor and playwright, composed more than thirty of the finest plays of no drama. He also wrote a variety of texts on theater and performance that have, until now, been only partially available in English.

Zeami: Performance Notes presents the full range of Zeami's critical thought on this subject, which focused on the aesthetic values of no and its antecedents, the techniques of playwriting, the place of allusion, the training of actors, the importance of patronage, and the relationship between performance and broader intellectual and critical concerns. Spanning over four decades, the texts reflect the essence of Zeami's instruction under his famous father, the actor Kannami, and the value of his long and challenging career in medieval Japanese theater.

Tom Hare, who has conducted extensive studies of no academically and on stage, begins with a comprehensive introduction that discusses Zeami's critical importance in Japanese culture. He then incorporates essays on the performance of no in medieval Japan and the remarkable story of the transmission and reproduction of Zeami's manuscripts over the past six centuries. His eloquent translation is fully annotated and includes Zeami's diverse and exquisite anthology of dramatic songs, Five Sorts of Singing, presented both in English and in the original Japanese.

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Zeami (1363-1443), Japan's most celebrated actor and playwright, composed more than thirty of the finest plays of no drama. He also wrote a variety of texts on theater and performance that have, until now, been only partially available in English. Zeami: Performance Notes presents the full range of Zeami's critical thought on this subj...

Tom Hare is William Sauter LaPorte '28 Professor of Regional Studies in the Department of Comparative Literature at Princeton University. His most recent books are Zeami's Style: The Noh Plays of Zeami Motokiyo and ReMembering Osiris: Number, Gender, and the Word in Ancient Egyptian Representational Systems.
Format:Kobo ebookPublished:May 12, 2008Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231511418

ISBN - 13:9780231511414

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
Transmitting the Flower Through Effects and Attitudes
An Extract from Learning the Flower
Oral Instructions on Singing
A Mirror to the Flower
A Course to Attain the Flower
Figure Drawings of the Two Arts and the Three Modes
The Three Courses
Technical Specifications for Setting a Melody
A Collection of Jewels in Effect
An Effective Vision of Learning the Vocation of Fine Play in Performance
Five Ranks
Nine Ranks
Six Models
Pick Up a Jewel and Take the Flower in Hand
Articles on the Five Sorts of Singing
Five Sorts of Singing
Learning the Profession
Traces of a Dream on a Single Sheet
The Flower in... Yet Doubling Back
Two Letters to Master Konparu
Appendix 1. Music, Dance, and Performance in Sarugaku
Appendix 2. On the Manuscripts
Appendix 3. Zeami's Languages
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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this volume will have a great impact on noh scholarship and allow for a better understanding of Zeami's place in medieval culture.