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Michiyuki by Paul Fowler

Model # FOWLER/M By: Studio 4 Music
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  • Overview

    • Deeply Dramatic
    • Tells Story of Love Suicide
    • Involves Speaking, Singing, Stomping
    • On SCIMC Solo Repertoire List
    • Difficulty: Advanced
    • Duration: 15:00
  • Item Details

    A michiyuki is a poetic literary device found in Japanese puppet plays that catalogues the landmarks of two lovers as they wander away to commit suicide together. This audible Michiyuki is based on the ending of Chikamatsu's "The Love Suicides at Sonezaki."

    This very dramatic marimba solo includes a number of theatrical elements, including stomping to emphasize climaxes, singing, and yelling of Japanese phrases. The story to this piece, which is extremely important to its understanding, can be found below.

    This piece is included on the Solo Repertoire List of the Southern California International Marimba Competition.

    Difficulty: Advanced

    Duration: 15:00

    5 Octave Marimba Required

    The Story: Tokubei has refused to marry his uncle's niece because of his great love for the courtesan, Ohatsu. He means to return the dowry money already given to his mother, but after lending it to a shady friend, he is tricked out of it. Tokubei is disgraced and cannot remain in Osaka with Ohatsu.

    Michiyuki begins when Ohatsu and Tokubei leave Osaka to commit suicide in Sonezaki. "We who walk the road to death, to what should we be likened? To the frost by the road that leads to the graveyard, vanishing with each step we take ahead." They hear the morning six o'clock bell, by seven they will be dead.

    The narrator responds furiously, foreshadowing their death with vehement strikes - intoning the prayer to Amida Buddha, "Namu Amida Butsu". The lovers cross Umeda Bridge (musical bird call), recalling the myth of Herd Boy and Weaver Girl, two stars who cross a bridge built by magpies to meet each other. Across the water they hear someone singing in an upstairs teahouse. It is a ballad of a lover's suicide.

    Once they reach Sonezaki wood the narrator tells of spirits who fly by them like lightning flashes, ghostly companions in their travels to the afterlife. Tokubei ties Ohatsu to a tree trunk while praying "Namu Amida Butsu." The seven o'clock bell begins to sound. "Twice or thrice the flashing blade deflects this way and that until a cry tells it has struck her throat." Tokubei prays for himself and quickly slits his throat.

    The final bells sound and Tokubei and Ohatsu travel to the afterlife, perhaps "reborn on the same lotus" in Amida Buddha's heaven, the Pure Land.

  • Specifications

    Name Michiyuki by Paul Fowler
    Brand Studio 4 Music
    Model # FOWLER/M
    UPC Code [Error processing dynamic tag getCurrentAttribute('item', 'upccode') : record invtpart 117640 not found]
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    Compatible With5.0 Octave Marimba (Low C2)
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