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Fushi (節)

A form of vocal referring to vocal parts with melody, or such a melody itself. The part without melody is called "kotoba" (words). In the libretto, fushi is indicated by dots (called goma-fushi), and kotoba does not have them. For fushi parts, there are two types of rhythm, "hyōshi-ai" and "hyōshi-awazu," or harmonized and disharmonized measures, respectively, as well as two types of melody, "tsuyogin" and "yowagin." In a restricted sense, fushi refers to each individual part of a melody that is indicated by dots in the libretto. In such cases, the suggestion is to sing the fushi loudly.

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