Tsuru no sugomori – Renpoken in staff notation

Tsuru no sugomori 鶴の巣籠 (= the nesting crane) is the name of more than 10 different traditional compositions from Japan for shakuhachi. The composition in this book is specified as “Renpoken” because it comes from the Renpo (or Renbo) temple (northwest Japan, Fukushima region). The routes of this piece go back to the 17th century and it is considered to be a combination of existing pieces. It belongs to the most renown traditional pieces for shakuhachi and it is remarkable because of its extreme difficulty and great length and scale. It is a program music piece which describes the nesting of cranes and each part attempts to render a different part of a crane’s life.

This work is a transcription in staff notation and in open instrumentation, available for instruments in Bb, in C as well as for bass clef instruments. It offers to musicians an intuitive score through which they are challenged to create new paths in their musicality.

The piece makes free use of almost all the techniques used in shakuhachi honkyoku, but also utilizes unique techniques found only in this work. Its numerous, beautiful and individualistic melodies, and its structure which displays praiseworthy development on a large scale, both make this famous piece deserving of being called the pinnacle of the musical world of classical shakuhachi honkyoku.*

In the article The chronicle of the crane you can find a chronicle of the work.

Limited edition of 99 hand-numbered copies, printed in A5 premium quality recycled silk paper 115gr.

Orders include a digital A4 score upon request as well as a score transposed in the tonality that suits better your instrument.

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Published in October 2019 by Incounterpoint. All rights reserved © 2019

left: Excerpt of Tsuru no Sugomori – Renpoken, notation/calligraphy by Jin Nyodo
right: The finale of Tsuru no Sugomori – Renpoken, transcription in staff notation by Kame