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Shakuhachi material in the Library of Congress.

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Paul Gardner


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PostPosted: 2013-02-10, 23:53    Post subject: Shakuhachi material in the Library of Congress. Reply with quote

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Whilst surfing the Internet I came across this mention of a large collection held in the Library of Congress, presumably in Washington.
It contains, amongst other musical stuff, transcriptions(?) and possibly books of shakuhachi music.
The collection is not in a digital format so it would have to be viewed in person. I don't know what sort of readers pass would be required but surely someone might feel like taking a look. If my British Library Readers Pass was OK then I'd jump on a bus...but it's a long way from London!

I apologise if this is old news to people and it has already been thoroughly studied by the shakuhachi community here. I just saw it and thought that I should mention it.

This listing online is as follows:

Leo M. Traynor Collection [collection]
Dates Created
Span: [16--?] – [198-]
Bulk: 20th century
Japanese, English
Physical Description
3 ft.
5 boxes
Leo M. Traynor (1918-1986) was a graduate of the University of South Carolina who served in the U.S. Army of the Pacific during World War II as an intelligence officer. After the war he became a civilian employee with the Army Documents Center in Japan. He remained in Japan until 1984, making trips home to the U.S. every few years, timing his visits to coincide with the Viola da Gamba Society of America Conclave. Traynor studied viol in Japan with Toshinari Ohashi, and was cofounder of the Viola da Gamba Society of Japan. He is credited with persuading the Japanese government to mandate the study of the recorder in primary schools. The majority of the materials in the Traynor Collection are musical notations for genres of music associated with the Imperial Court of Japan. The most numerous items are from the gagaku and bugaku traditions. Represented in the collection are pieces of biwa (lute), saibara (songs) and shakuhachi (vertical bamboo flute) music that would be played at court. Also included are illustrations of the costuming for the bugaku dances. Some of the books contain study notes by Leo Traynor during the period 1948-1953.
Contents Note
Japanese music and dance materials (55 books and 4 scrolls).
Preferred Citation
Leo M. Traynor Collection, Library of Congress
Access Permissions
Researchers wishing to work with special collections are advised to inquire in advance about availability of material since many special collections are stored off-site.
Certain restrictions to use or copying of materials may apply.
Japanese Music
Traynor, Leo M.
Music Division, Library of Congress
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PostPosted: 2013-02-12, 01:00    Post subject: Shakuhachi material in the Library of Congress. Reply with quote

Sankyoku notation then! How intriguing...
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