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Tamuke

June 23, 2015

Tamuke is another traditional honkyoku. It is thought to be very old. 

The name means hands folded in prayer. The music is commonly played in memory of the dead, perhaps at a memorial service. 

This piece holds a place of honor in the school established by the twentieth century shakuhachi master Watazumi Doso. Its form as we have it today has probably been influenced by his idiosyncrasies; it has a few features that are not typical of traditional honkyoku. 

I play this on a 1.8. 

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