Tanukibayashi (狸囃子) is a strange sound phenomenon told in legends throughout Japan. In the middle of the night musical sounds like flutes or drums appear that seem to come from nowhere. This is said to be the work of Tanuki (forest spirit) one of the raccoon-like Yokai.
The famous nursery rhyme Shōjō-ji no Tanukibayashi (証城寺の狸囃子), known to all Japanese children, refers to the Tanuki dance at the Shōjō-ji temple. The phenomenon described and the rhyme are the focus of this educational piece for C flute written for the instrument’s head alone, with cartoon projection.
The video is from a 1935 short film by Ikuo Oishi and reworked by the composer.
|Dimensions||32 × 24 × 0,1 cm|