Kinko-ryu honkyoku

In the beginning of the Edo Period itinerant Buddhist priests (Komuso) of the Fuke sect who were employed by Samurai began to use a 1.8 feet long Shakuhachi for their mendicancy. This was called the Fuke Shakuhachi.

A retired Samurai, Kurosawa Kinko (1710-1771), who was the teacher at a temple of the sect, established a style of art music on the instrument by composing new pieces based upon the repertoire of the Fuke Shakuhachi.

At the end of the Edo Period musicians of the Kinko school began to participate in the ensemble of Koto music, taking the place of the Kokyu, together with the Koto and Shamisen. The repertoire of the original solo pieces of the Kinko school is called Honkyoku (original pieces) while the repertoire of Koto pieces in which the Shakuhachi participates is called Gaikyoku (outside pieces).

Source: The International Shakuhachi Society

Some pieces from the Kinko-ryu are also played in the Hijiri-ryu:

HiFuMi-Hachigaeshi-no-shirabe, Rembo-Nagashi, Shika-no-tone, Sokaku-Reibo, Kyo-Reibo,… (to be continued)

Hélène Seiyu Codjo

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