|Budget Amount *help
¥1,200,000 (Direct Cost : ¥1,200,000)
Fiscal Year 1993 : ¥400,000 (Direct Cost : ¥400,000)
Fiscal Year 1992 : ¥800,000 (Direct Cost : ¥800,000)
In 1992/93 I have made a investigation into porter's songs of portable shinto shrine. The shinto shrine, which were open to research, are 16. I have got enough musical materials of the songs and recorded them on video-tape and minidisk-recorder(MD). As a result of survey, 12 shrines have the same traditional songs to the Aso Shrine, 4 shrines have own songs.
After collecting and noting the songs, I put the texts of them in order, compared each other and inspected. I transcribed the musical parts of them into Western Notation. I, however, could only make the musical analysis and added some brief folkloristic views.
Followings are the results :
1) The texts preserve the poetic form and matter of medieval secular song.
2) The songs have melodies, which are common with Japanese old tune(GAGAKU) and characterized by vowel harmony.
3) The tone-systems depend on the repetitions of perfect 4th, and 3rd and 6th of natural harmonics.
4) The songs are spread over from the Aso shrine to the shrines of another place, but there are some shrines which have not based on this tradition.
5) I'm afraid that, on account of the reduction of young peoples and the old aging of the masters of oral-tradition, the situation to the succession for musical skills are getting worse year after year.