The standard nagauta ensemble consists of singers, an equal number of
shamisen, and the hayashi ensemble of the Noh. The flute player often
doubles on the bamboo flute (Takebue or shinobue). Since nagauta music
originated in the Kabuki theater,many offstage(geza) instruments may
be used as well. Such additions are usually inspired by meanings in
the text or its mood. The jo ha kyu terminology of noh is used in modern
nagauta studies as well. Modern Japanese scholarship has also coined
the term Kabuki Dance form to provide a basic for analyzing the structure
of individual pieces. The six basic sections of the form are the oki,
michiuki, kudoki, odori ji, Chirashi, and dangire (or dangiri). These
sections are often identifiable by conventions of style or orchestration.
“The same is true for many sections in a noh drama. Such tendencies
are important to both traditions since their music is through-composed;that
is, the progression from one section of a piece to the next is not based
on tonal or thematic relations. There are no first or second themes
that can be traced throughout a piece as in a Western classical composition.
Thus the sonic clues of sectional change in Japanese music are important
to the sense of logical progression through musical time.