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Ōbeshi (大癋面)

A type of music played when leading actors appear in the second half. The music is played dynamically when as actor gravely appears wearing a stern-looking Ōbeshimi mask, such as one of a long-nosed goblin or the Devil. Ōbeshi is formally made up of two acts and three melody parts, but informally of one act and two melody parts. It is played on the flute, the small and large tabors, and drum. It is positioned as the reverse of "haya-bue," a piece of fast music played when an actor appears in a hurry. Haya-bue and ōbeshi are often viewed as the yang and yin seen in Chinese religion.

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