read ò eBook or Kindle ePUB Ë Royall TylerFor my taste I appreciate historical context but I feel he goes too far into explicating on the meaning of the plays I like volumes that help establish one s independence as a reader Also way too many footnotesI also think some strange decisions were made
in terms of what terms to gloss and which ones not to Arbitrarily we get a ofterms of terms to gloss and which ones not to Arbitrarily we get a list of for stage production terms that are never sed in the individual translations of the plays but we do not get a thorough translation of the various script elements that actually do appear in the texts over and overMost surprisingly there is no glossary of mask types Photos would have been totally doable and would have made this volume invaluable but at least a glossary would have been helpful No such luck I honestly don t Babys Watch / A Hero of Her Own understand that decision The masks are literally the most iconic aspect of this art Eh there s googleThese are relatively minor complaints it s an excellent volume otherwise and well worth reading Pretty good read Much better than seeing Noh drama live Noh performances go on for ever dancing and singing that isnfathomable but for those closest to the genre The plays in this collection 24 in all can be read in about 15 minutes And if you ve read the likes of the Tale of Genji and the Tales of the Heike much of the plays here are continuations of those stories Ever wonder what happened to Atsumori after he was beheaded Well learn about his killer and his ghost in this fun collection of Japanese plays Matsukaze Pining Wind is kind of amazing Plus it bears the bizarre linguistic distinction of a pun that actually straddles the translative fence pine carries the same double meaning in the Japanese that it does in English Whoa is what I say to that DANCER She whose strangeness so perplexed me I was Desire Island - The Niece unable to think her realSurely now will keep her word ATTENDANT AND SERVANTSFor wind through the pines joins flutes blowing limpid notesAll along the streamWhere hands detain the drifting cupsMoonlit music pure across deep rangesMoonlit music pure across deep rangesto issei music enter the Mountain Cronewho will be wearing a frightening mask and huge bushy ghost hair probably white as well as a sumptuous costumeCRONEAwesome they are the plunging chasmsAwesome they are the plunging chasmschasms where the Buddhist demons are in relation to Enlightened ones on the mountain topIn charnel grounds demon phantomsScourge their own bones weeping weepingRaging at their past lives deeds In graveyards thankful angel beingsOffer flowers suffused with gladnessAt the bliss of truth attainedNo good and evil are not twoWhy then feel anger why rejoiceAll is if this world before our eyesuick rivers stretch awayMighty scarps soar sheerFrom the third part of the Noh play YamambaThis passage exemplifies several of the tools and themes or perhaps atmospheres that repeat through these plays One is paired opposite without duality Another is Buddhist frustration with beingnable to let go of the emotions and senses that tie one to appearances The audience should experience a feeling of y gen which Royall Tyler says could be translated as graceful elegance or subtle mystery And running throughout will be otations or references to classic Japanese and Chinese poetry and other literatureHow could anyone sit through a performance form frozen in time for the last several hundred years where it could take two hours to get through ten pages of text A mass comes to mind and indeed Noh arose from ritual performances at shrines Before reading this book I would have passed any invitation to listen to what sounded like a screeching flute and watch glacial action But after going through these play texts and reading a book on Noh history and current performance practices and watching some Youtube clips I m fascinated I love opera too and the combination of so many art forms in one is common to Noh and opera The two books I read both said that Noh is not really able to be studied from the texts that Noh only exists in performance with the dance music singing costumes and stage nite. The idea of form is central than meaning and their structure is always ritualized Selected for their literary merit the twenty four plays in this volume dramatize such ideas as the relationship between men and the gods brother and sister parent and chi. This type of Japanese theatre is intriguing dealing with spirits heartbreak and even hatred Carried out according to strict rules of layout and delivery Noh dramas are entertaining and thoughtful Read my full review here Oops I should ve The Rancher and the City Girl updated this as finished ages ago A nice little collection of noh plays easy to dip into the introduction is reallyseful No or Noh theatre is one of the three traditional forms of Japanese theatre No is easily recognized by the se of stunning masks The footnotes are excellent as is the general introduction I thought I would be into the plays then I was I thought that by reading them I could consume way then if I watched them individually or tried to on youtube and I thought that since they
were all continuations or add ons to the literature I already readall continuations or add ons to the literature I already read would make them far interestingI was wrong I have learned the visual presence is everything it itself might be subtle to the point of madness but it s not replaceable And there is no add on all the plays I read just re hashed a scene re rehashed it from the view point of a villager then there was a reveal of the poorest variety and a re telling sometimes with the monk witness providing release to whatever spirit is in estionThese were good I m glad I got to experience some of these that I Five stars for the playsFive stars for the information that is included lengthy introduction before each play stage directions during and copious amounts of footnotes General IntroductionList of Terms Used in the Stage DirectionsPlan of the Noh Stage Ama The DiverAtsumoriAya no tsuzumi The Damask DrumChikubu shimaEguchiFuna Benkei Benkei Aboard ShipHagoromo The Feather MantleHanjo Lady HanIzutsu The Well CradleKantanKasuga ryujin The Kasuga Dragon GodKinuta The Fulling BlockKurehaMatsukaze Pining WindNonomiya The Wildwood ShrineSaigyo zakura Saigyo s Cherry TreeSeki dera Komachi Komachi at Seki DeraSemimaru Sumida gawa The Sumida RiverTadanoriTakasagoTatsutaYamamba The Mountain CroneYashima Bibliography and CommentsFootnotes This is not only an excellent translation but also a good selection which above all contains very detailed and interesting introductions and notes with cultural background information to the 24 plays included The plays have been arranged in alphabetical order It still seems to be available as a back list item so if you want to read only one book with translations of No plays it should be this one The only negative point is that as Some Like It Hotter usual with Penguin books low grade paper has beensed so that my copy published in 1992 now is deep brown in color The No repertoire is fantastic and this is a substantial collection of plays It serves as an excellent introduction to the genre a genre that doesn t easily compare to anything in Western literatureNo is at the same time an expression of refined poetic sensibilities psychological insight and ritual engagement It s a dramatic method of coming to terms with the numinous gods demons ghosts and other spirits are the centerpoint of each play You could superficially think of No as Greek drama that centers entirely on the deus ex machina but it s a deus ex machina that does not emphasize the power of the numinous so much as it is curious about the connection between it and the human realm The human element of the play represented in a type of role called the witness always has as much to offer the arriving spirit as the spirit has to offer them even if that gift is simply being an ear or an audience What binds all these elements together is the enduring power of human #passion to effect and shape lives No asserts that it extends beyond earth to heaven hell and all #to effect and shape lives No asserts that it extends beyond earth to heaven hell and all in betweenLike Western Classical music No reuires a bit of practice and patience in order to appreciate but it s worth the effort if you can afford it There is definitely enough material in this book to help get you thereThe translations are well done if not outstanding Tyler s numerous notes and introductory passages are interesting but I feel like he does just a little bit too much interpretation. Japanese no theatre or the drama of perfected art' flourished in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries largely through the genius of the dramatist Zeami An intricate fusion of music dance mask costume and language the dramas address many subjects but.
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Pathetic As Literature The Similarity Is Stillas literature the similarity is still Perhaps Noh is best described as a cross between opera and Greek theater I am going to sketch a bit about what I learned although it should be taken with a grain of salt as one would have to study for years to attain even rudiments of More Than a Convenient Bride (Texas Cattlemans Club: After the Storm understanding and I will necessarily have to simplify even what I learned A Noh play typically consists of three parts which start very slowly and gradually speedp Very often there is a ghost who wandering a landscape specific to a folk tale or historical event because its attachment to sensual life or honor or some other nfinished business prevents it from attaining Buddhist enlightenment In parts one and three there is one main character a shite who is masked and has studied for years to become part of studied for years to become part of most elite acting category There is an
UNMASKED WAKI WHO INTERACTS WITH THE SHITE AND THEYwaki who interacts with the shite and they each have subsidiary characters who attend them The shite characters are different in the two parts although these two shites may be different manifestations of the same person or god There is also an ai character generally a villager who in an interlude between the two main acts serves to explicate some background andor provide comic relief One of the most nusual aspects of Noh to me was the sharing of the text among the characters A speech by anyone may be shared by the shite the waki their secondary characters or the chorus shifting from one to the next line by line or after several linesSeveral of the plays are taken from the monagatari books of tales that were published in the Japanese medieval period in particular the Heike Monagatari about the wars between the Heike and Genji clans Two in this book deal with battles between the Taira clan being driven from power by the incoming Minamoto forces 1183 1185 Many plays are by Zeami the son of the first major Noh author and actor Zeami is the acknowledged greatest Noh playwright and he wrote a lot of prose works on Noh and Noh practice I definitely enjoyed his plays the most including the Yamamba excerpted here the Matzukaze or Pining Wind with its beautiful nature poetry and YashimaThere are about 240 Noh plays although many are not part of the current repertory just as perhaps 75 100 of hundreds of western operas are actually performed on a regular basis They fall into five groups such as plays about warriors or plays about women The introduction to this Penguin Classics translation of 24 plays gives a good overview of the development of Noh as well as the poetic and prose components the standard form character types costume staging conventions etc But it Tavern Wench uickly becomes obvious that you need a lot help than the introduction and the notes can provide I had pickedp Noh The Classical Theater by Yasuo Nakamura introduction by Earle Ernst at a library sale and checked there first I am reviewing it separately It would be good for someone who already knows a fair amount about Noh because it assumes you already know the basics So I am still looking for an introductory book to the art I also checked Youtube for performance videos and watched one of the play Adachi ga Hara also known as Kurozuka It provides an example of the mask and costume of a ghost or demon shite in part two a comic ai interlude the spare scenery and props a woman shite character and mask inpart one and the changing pace of the performance The end also shows the Buddhist monks chasing away the demon by rasping their prayer beads together during their very active dancing There are lots of Youtube other videos to choose fromhttpsmyoutubecomwatchvI5j87foYou also need a map of medieval Japan Each play is set in a specific real location and And the Winner - Weds! usually makes reference to a journey through real places I have several historical atlases and find that most of them don t worry too much about any part of the worldntil Europeans arrived However Barnes and Noble s Atlas of World History edited by John Haywood has a good two page spread on this period Or if you have The Viking. Ld lover and beloved and the power of greed and desire Revered in Japan as a cultural treasure the spiritual and sensuous beauty of these works has been a profound influence for English speaking artists including W B Yeats Ezra Pound and Benjamin Britt.