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(Jap. Nihon Ongaku-gakkai)

Society founded in 1952 by Yoshiyuki Kato. It was formerly known as the Japanese Musicological Society. It endeavours to improve communication among musicological scholars in Japan and contributes to the development of musicology there. Its membership in 1995 was about 1330. In 1954 the society founded a journal, Ongakugaku (Journal of the Musicological Society of Japan), issued three times a year....

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Martin Hatch

The Society for Asian Music (SAM) was formed in 1959–60 in close association with the Asia Society. Prominent among its organizers were Paul Sherbert (president of the Asia Society), Willard Rhodes, professor of music at Columbia University (chairman of the board of SAM), and Henry Cowell, composer (president of SAM). At the society’s first public meeting, on 27 March 1960, more than 100 members enrolled. The stated purposes of the society were to “encourage and cultivate a greater understanding and knowledge of Asian music in the United States by means of lectures, discussions, concerts and recordings, and to make available in the United States authoritative books, articles, films, musical scores and similar materials” (EthM, v/1, 1961, 71–2). The initial performance sponsored by the society was the United States debut of Ravi Shankar. Subsequent to that, volunteer SAM members and Asia Society staff produced a series of monthly performances and lectures on Asian performing arts of such prominent Asian artists and scholars as Ali Akbar Khan, Chatur Lal, Kishibe Shigeo, T. Viswanathan, and ...

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(Jap. Tōyō Ongaku-gakkai)

Society founded in 1936 by Hisao Tanabe, Kenzō Hayashi, Shigeo Kishibe and others. Its objective is systematic research in Asian music, including Japanese, and the promotion of musicological activities in Japan. Its membership in 1995 was about 740. Since its foundation, the society has issued a yearly journal, Tōyō Ongaku Kenkyū...