Author Archives: Yasuharu Nagura

About Yasuharu Nagura

Born in 1989. Musician. Hideout Records Founder & CEO.

Music : Classical Studies | Bach

Bach Kleine Klavierstück

It is said that 1.4% music sales in the U.S. are classical music. It’s not very popular. However, I think it is worth studying classical music from the Bach (1685 ~ 1750) era.

There is a collection of terms that appear in Bach’s collection of piano pieces.

It is my study of classical music.

The term

Minuet

A minuet is a social dance of French origin for two people, usually in 3/4 times. The word was adapted from Italian minuetto and French menuet, possibly from the French menu meaning slender, small, referring to the very small steps, or from the early 17th-century popular group dances called branle à mener or amener.

The term also describes the musical form that accompanies the dance, which subsequently developed more fully, often with a longer musical form called the minuet and trio, and was much used as a movement in the early classical symphony.

Gavotte

The gavotte is a French dance, taking its name from a folk dance of the Gavot, the people of the Pays de Gap region of Dauphiné in the southeast of France, where the dance originated, according to one source.

According to another reference, however, the word “gavotte” is a generic term for a variety of French folk dances, and most likely originated in Lower Brittany in the west, or possibly Provence in the southeast or the French Basque Country in the southwest of France.

It is notated in 4/4 or 2/2 times and is usually of moderate tempo, though the folk dances also use meters such as 9/8 and 5/8.

Musette

Musette (Bal-musette) is a style of French instrumental music and dance that first became popular in Paris in the 1880s.

Although it began with bagpipes as the main instrument, this instrument was replaced with accordion, on which a variety of waltzes, polkas, and other dance styles were played for dances.

March

A march, as a musical genre, is a piece of music with a strong regular rhythm which in origin was expressly written for marching to and most frequently performed by a military band. 

Prelude 

A prelude is a short piece of music, the form of which may vary from piece to piece. The prelude may be thought of as a preface. While, during the Baroque era, for example, it may have served as an introduction to succeeding movements of a work that were usually longer and more complex, it may also have been a stand-alone piece of work during the Romantic era.

It generally features a small number of rhythmic and melodic motifs that recur through the piece. Stylistically, the prelude is improvisatory. The prelude also may refer to an overture, particularly to those seen in an opera or an oratorio.

Reference

Bach Kleine Klavierstücke (Small Piano Pieces)

[Notice] About music distribution

Hideout Records

Due to multiple problems related to music distribution, we have terminated the music distribution service to Amazon stores (Amazon Prime Music, etc.).

There is no problem with distribution to other stores (Apple Music, Spotify, LINE Music, etc.), so please continue to use it.

Thank you.

Yasuharu Nagura (Hideout Records)

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Epilog | Photography in Mie, Japan (2020)

With a good feeling, I was walking along the mountain path toward the summit at an altitude of 1,212m. On thorny roads, I sometimes went down the rock gap in a mountain ridge and through depressions.

The mountain road had a steep slope, but the air was good with the scent of forests here and there. I looked beyond the horizon, which was hazy in the fog far away.

I enjoyed this trail in my way, but when I had to take a break, I took a break. At Mt. Gozaisho, anyone who meets on the road is supposed to give a bow. It’s beautiful.

Prologue | Photography in Mie, Japan (2020)

Aiming at the starting point of Mt. Gozaisho, I was walking sluggishly with a branch as a cane. There were trees and streams around. It was a quiet river. I climbed the mountain road at 8:30 a.m. on holiday with dressing in a reserved outfit.

It was about a mile and half the way, but the long mountain road has no clue to the trailhead. However, the gentle October breeze was pouring down. It was a pleasant morning.

p.s. Looking for the trailhead of Mt. Gozaisho, Mie Prefecture on October 3, 2020.

Music : Jazz Studies

At the park: Shooting date 9/27/2020

Here are the two main features of jazz.

1) Unlike Western classical music, jazz does not faithfully trace established scores. The performer plays a variation of the melody within the framework of the given harmony. Therefore, it can be said that the performer itself is a composer in a sense. In other words, there is no clear barrier between the composer and the person who interprets it and plays it.

2) The individuality of jazz depends largely on the delicate technique of playing. The essence of jazz is the expression of various performers, including attack, rhythmic strength, intonation, and vibrato.

And the history of jazz cannot be missed without the process of exploring endless harmony. The harmony is built on the tonality framework of major and minor, which was established in the Baroque era (1600-1750). Therefore, any musician must learn the origins of its traditional harmony.

Only then will you be able to sing, accompaniment to performers other than yourself, add harmonies to the melody, and improvise.

Photography in Tsumago, Japan (2020)

In 2020, I visited Tsumago, a post town that retains the historical remnants of Japan. Nominally, I was there to evoke the oldness of the city and walk along the Nakasendo that connects Edo and Kyoto with the feeling of an old traveler.

In the Meiji era, new railways and roads were built, and Tsumagojuku, which lost its function as a post town, continued to decline. Eventually, in the ’40s of the Showa era, the village was preserved and the landscape was restored, and the cityscape of Tsumagojuku was reviewed.

To protect the townscape, the people of Tsumago created a resident charter centered on “do not sell, lent, or break” houses and lands, and while living here, the precious property of the townscape of the Edo period they are passing it on to posterity.

Photography in Nagano, Japan (2020)

Kiso-Komagatake is a mountain located in the south part of Nagano Prefecture, and it is the mountain of the Central Alps. The altitude is 2,956 meters.

There are the peaks of Nakadake (2,925 m), Houkendake (2,931 m), Ina-maedake (2,883 meters), and Kiso-maedake (2,826 m) around the main peak. I succeeded in climbing the summit of Mt. Nakadake (2,925m).

I am neither a mountaineer nor a mountain photographer. I’m a traveler who is open-minded and free from the flow of things.

In other words, I come across what I am looking for in my life, something more interesting than planned, and I move forward.

Photography『Shosenkyo, Japan』(2020)

From Shosenkyo located in the north part of Kōfu city, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan.

There are many cities all over the country. A city you want to travel, a city you admire, a city that will remain in your heart forever.

When you think about the charm and value of a city, you realize what kind of time a city is accumulating.

There is time that has been handed down and stored in the scenery of the city, in the products, in the lives, and in the people we meet.

This time is history and culture.

I say that it is another time, which is different from the big clock at the station. Kōfu is a large basin, and the valley is a large vessel.

The charm and value of the city of Kōfu will be how to learn and be aware of what kind of time has been stored in this vessel, and how to store it in the future.

And literary arts, writers, and works can be said to be the products of each city.

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music [Yasuharu Nagura – “Basilica Random” (from “”Sketches of Barcelona”]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYHz-_9IZ-Q

Photography『Kōfu, Japan』(2020)

From Kōfu Castle, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan.

You cannot truly enjoy it unless you have the joy of earning yourself the effort to obtain what you asked. Pleasure is deeply associated with subjectivity. It’s a joy because you ask for it.

A life whose independence is impaired is empty.

I think it’s my life but not my life.

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music [Yasuharu Nagura – “the recovery of soul life” (from “The Recovery of Soul Life”)]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHINiWrdVKs

Photography『Takeda Shrine, Japan』(2020)

From Takeda Shrine, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan.

Those who do what they choose freely will want to live the life of their choice if they desire to live a happy and blessed life.

Nevertheless, how many people go through a different life pattern than what they wanted. Even if it is different from their feelings, they have to give up and spend patience and patience.

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music [Yasuharu Nagura – “Elephant Intoxication”

(from “Tranquil Restration in Thailand”)]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj07Y…