Bin Uehara and Yoshio Tabata are considered to be among the founders of the modern style of kobushi singing. In a interview, Noriko Awaya said "Whenever I hear enka , I have to get away from the music because I feel like vomiting. In , Sumako Matsui 's song " Katyusha's song ", composed by Shinpei Nakayama , was used as a theme of the rendition Resurrection in Japan. The record of the song sold 20, copies. Although Matsui committed suicide after Shimamura's death, Nakayama continued to develop his music. During his career, he composed about 3, songs such as the song " Teru teru bozu ". The pentatonic scale used in this song was " Minor scale without forth and seventh degree ". However, the music based on the scale had difficult in presenting chord and harmony because traditional Japanese music didn't adopt equal temperament. In the early Showa period, the microphone was introduced into the popular music of Japan. The song was originally composed by Fred Fisher.
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To browse Academia. Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. Download Free PDF. Surya Simon. In this context, one must note that, all Art is self- expression but not all self-expression is Art. Art itself is a vast subject to deal with and so, this essay will focus on music, further narrowed down to Enka music of Japan.
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Modern enka, as developed in the postwar era, is a form of sentimental ballad music. The most famous male enka singers are Shinichi Mori and Kiyoshi Hikawa. The genre called enka is also said to be an expedient classification for record labels as well as J-pop. For example, Harumi Miyako , who has been usually considered as an enka singer, said "I don't think that I sing 'enka'" and "In fact, there was no such term as 'enka' when I debuted. The music, based on the pentatonic scale , has some resemblance to blues.