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  • Hugh de Ferranti


Generic term for necked bowl-lutes of Japan. Discussed here are construction and tunings; for history and schools, see Japan, §II, 3. Forms of biwa have been played in Japan since at least the 8th century. Early forms used for gagaku derived from China, but biwa...

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