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Nô as Performance: An Analysis of the Kuse Scene of Yamamba

16 NoAsPerformance
Monica BETHE & Karen BRAZELL
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An in-depth analysis of a single play discussing all performance aspects: poetry, music, dance, costumes, masks and theatrical conventions. | 200 pages


  1. Introduction
  2. The Aesthetics of Performance
  3. The Text
  4. Vocal Music
  5. Instrumentation
  6. Dance
  7. Profile of the Kuse Scene
  8. Masks and Costumes



  1. Variant Performances (kogaki) of Yamamba
  2. Model Form of a Kuse Scene
  3. Costumes
  4. Common Dance Patterns
  5. School Variations in Yamamba's Kuse Dance
  6. Comparison of the Vocal Scales used in Nō
  7. Tonal Shifts in the Dynamic Mode
  8. Vocal Embellishments in the Kuse Scene
  • Notes
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography

  • Monica BETHE is professor at Otani University in Kyoto and has taught for many years at the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies. She is a specialist in noh and has written many books and articles regarding Japanese theater.
  • Karen BRAZELL (1938-2012) was Goldwin Smith Graduate Professor Emerita of Japanese Literature and Theatre, Cornell University. She was also Series Editor of the Cornell East Asia Series as well as former director of the Cornell University East Asia Program.

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