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Yogaku: Japanese Music in the Twentieth Century


Scarecrow Press




Galliano’s text examines the “infiltration of Western music into Japan” since the Meiji era. The book’s preface gives a brief history of earlier Japanese music and aesthetics, paving the way for a broad, comprehensive overview of contemporary Japanese music. Galliano emphasizes the beginnings of Western music in Japan as a social project. She presents yogaku in Japan as a model in which the opposite poles of “East” (Japan) and “West” (Europe) are bridged through processes of absorption, influence, and assimilation of “Western” practice in Japan. The book is divided into two parts: pre- and postwar.

Key concepts: absorption, infiltration, tradition, adaptation, assimilation, confluence of old and new/self and other, difference (from Europe), ma, Western music as modernization