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Rangyoku (闌曲,蘭曲,乱曲)

In Ze’ami’s treatises on Noh, an actor who has reached the highest level of his craft is said to have “blossomed” (ran is the Japanese for orchid), and the Rangyoku is a set of vocals dedicated to this position. Ze’ami placed vocals into five categories: celebratory, mysterious, love, sorrow and Rangyoku, or “blossoming,” with Rangyoku considered the highest and superior form. Rangyoku may also refer to the performance of selections from older plays by a single performer. There are around 50 plays including Asukagawa, Kashii, Shimami, Hatsuserokudai and Tōgokukudari, which required the highest level stage and technique, and as such are rarely performed.

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