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Music of Asia

This guide is designed to help get students started on research on the musical traditions of Asian peoples


Use this page to get started or find contextual information for music in Japan. This page includes resources about music in Japan, prominent Japanese composers, popular musc in Japan, traditional music in Japan, and Japanese musical instruments.

Make sure to use the general resources in the Getting Started page as well.

Music in Japan

Folk, National, and Traditional Japanese Music

Classical Japanese Composers

Douglass Library has access to many scores by Japanese composers. The most prominent include: 

A list of other prominent classical composers from Japan can be found here and here.

Popular Music of Japan

Japanese Instruments

Traditional Music Scores and Transcriptions


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