Haru no Umi

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"Haru no Umi"
English title The Sea in Spring
Written 1929
Composer(s) Michio Miyagi
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Haru no Umi. Performed by Michio Miyagi (Koto) and Seifu Yoshida (Shakuhachi) in 1930

Haru no Umi (春の海, "The Sea in Spring") is a Shin Nihon Ongaku ('New Japanese Music') piece for koto and shakuhachi composed in 1929 by Michio Miyagi. It is Miyagi's best known piece and one of the most famous for the koto and shakuhachi instruments.

Miyagi composed the music from his childhood image of the sea of Tomonoura that he saw before he lost his eyesight.

At one stage the accompaniment has a repeated rhythmic motif (♬|♪♬♪♬|♪♪-) that bears some resemblance to a part of Septet en mi bémol majeur by Saint-Saëns (1881), but it is not known if Saint-Saëns influenced Miyagi.

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