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What type of Japanese classical orchestration is being used to make this song?

Asked by chk8n (106 points ) April 26th, 2011

If you would, please listen to this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-CpQ_fJeK4

The first :30 seconds of the song is what I’m searching for. Are there any other kinds?

Thank you so much for helping.

PS: If you can name what instruments are being played—besides the violin, please let me know. I know it’s a flute, but there’s specific name to this flute.

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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I am not an expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I believe that flute is a shakuhachi. I do not know if there were other traditional Japanese instruments or not.

geeky_mama's avatar

I agree with Jake. Might be shakuhachi there at the start of the song. I don’t hear any other Japanese instruments (shamisen, koto) being utilized…just violins and flute.
Honestly, as a flute player, I think it’s possible a ‘regular’ flute (as opposed to shakuhachi or wooden flute) could have be utilized, too..might just be a regular orchestra that played that first 30 seconds.

ETpro's avatar

I wish I knew and could help you. I will send the link to my son. He’s a grad of Berkeley College of Music in film scoring and performance. Maybe he will know. But thanks through the tears for posting that link. How moving.

anartist's avatar

Sounds like traditional Noh music. Maybe the particular “melody” is funereal. Similar can be found in first segment of Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams in which a child witnesses a surrealistic death procession and then is barred from his home.

Noh hayashi ensemble consists of four musicians, also known as the “hayashi-kata”. There are three drummers, which play the shime-daiko, ōtsuzumi (hip drum), and kotsuzumi (shoulder drum) respectively, and a shinobue flautist.

Although it could be shinobue flute [as suggested above] and taiko drum performing a similar funereal segment.

anartist's avatar

In last sentence previous post, I meant shakuhachi as said by @hawaii_jake and @geeky_mama but ran out of edit time . . .
shakuhachi flute and taiko drum

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