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Shimpei Nakayama (中山 晋平 Nakayama Shimpei?, March 22, 1887 – December 30, 1952) was a Japanese songwriter, famous for his many children's songs and popular songs (ryūkōka) that have become deeply embedded in Japanese popular culture.
In 1914, Nakayama composed the song "Katyusha's song" for a dramatization of Tolstoy's Resurrection. The song, sung by actress Sumako Matsui, was a massive hit and Nakayama became famous almost overnight. Today this song is considered one of the earliest examples of modern Japanese popular music.
His most famous children's songs are "Shabondama", "Teru teru bozu", "Amefuri", "Ano machi kono machi" and "Sekurabe", among others.
- Free scores by Shinpei Nakayama at the International Music Score Library Project
- The International Shakuhachi Society, "Mari to Tonosama"
- The International Shakuhachi Society, "Habu no Minato"
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