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The Music Culture after the Great Kantō Earthquake (1923)

Shūhei Hosokawa    Nichibunken    

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This essay intends to overview the destruction and reconstruction of music life, discussing the topical songs and musicals, the special concerts, the widely-acclaimed notion of Heavenly Punishment (tenken 天譴), and the official ceremony of reconstruction organised by the Tokyo City and the State in 1930. The paper will be concerned with questions such as how the street singers reacted to the metropolitan misfortune, what kind of concerts were offered and what kind of music was played, how the people interpreted natural and human-made disaster and sang it, how the reconstruction was musically celebrated and what kind of political message was implied.

Published
Nov. 7, 2018
Accepted
July 10, 2017
Submitted
May 29, 2017
Language
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-289-5
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-264-2

Keywords: Street singersTokyoJapanese MusicGreat Kantō Earthquake (1923)Enka

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