MATSUDA BUNKďDď

Playwright names:

Matsuda Bunk˘d˘ In Japanese
Matsuda Wakichi In Japanese

Artistic name: Bunk˘d˘

Existence: ???

Connection:

Master: Chikamatsu Monzaemon (?) [10]

Career:

1713: most likely a disciple of Chikamatsu Monzaemon, he started his career in ďsaka at the Takemotoza. His first pen name was Matsuda Wakichi [11].

2nd lunar month of 1723: premiere of "ďt˘-no-Miya Asahi no Yoroi" [8] in ďsaka at the Takemotoza.

7th lunar month of 1723: "ďt˘-no-Miya Asahi no Yoroi" was adapted for Kabuki and staged for the first time in Ky˘to. It was produced by Ogino Yaegiri I at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater [casting].

11th lunar month of 1726: Wakichi worked in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater on the kaomise drama "Karanishiki Imose no Shitone", which was produced by Matsushima Hy˘tar˘.

2nd lunar month of 1730: premiere of "Miura no ďsuke ďbai Tazuna" [6] in ďsaka at the Takemotoza. He used for the first time the pen name of Matsuda Bunk˘d˘.

8th lunar month of 1730 "Miura no ďsuke ďbai Tazuna" was adapted for Kabuki and staged for the first time in the at the Kado no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1730: premiere of "Suma no Miyako Genpei Tsutsuji" [9] in ďsaka at the Takemotoza.

9th lunar month of 1731: premiere of "Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki" [7] in ďsaka at the Takemotoza.

12th lunar month of 1731: "Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki" was adapted for Kabuki and produced for the first time at the Kado no Shibai. The zamoto was Arashi Kokuseki (unknown casting).

3rd lunar month of 1732: "Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki" was produced by Arashi Koroku I in Ky˘to with the actors Mihogi Gizaemon I and Ichiyama Sukegor˘ I playing the roles of Yoshioka Kiichi H˘gen and Ichij˘ ďkura Naganari.

3rd/4th lunar months of 1732: Arashi Kokuseki produced the play "Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki" one more time in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai [casting].

9th lunar month of 1732: premiere of "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki" in ďsaka at the Takemotoza. It was adapted for Kabuki the same month, in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1733: "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki" was staged in ďsaka for the first time, at the Kado no Shibai [casting].

5th lunar month of 1736: premiere of "Katakiuchi Tsuzure no Nishiki" [2] in ďsaka at the Takemotoza. It was based on a very old Kabuki drama, Fukui Yagozaemon's drama "Hinin no Adauchi" ('the Outcast's revenge'), which was staged in 1664 in ďsaka, starring Araki Yojibŕ I, Kaneko Rokuemon and Nakagawa Kinnoj˘.

1st lunar month of 1737: premiere of "Gosho Zakura Horikawa no Youchi" [1] in ďsaka at the Takemotoza.

11th lunar month of 1737: "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki" was staged in Edo for the first time, at the Kawarasakiza under the title "Urűzuki Ninin Kagekiyo" [casting].

2nd lunar month of 1738: premiere in Ky˘to of Bunk˘d˘'s san-no-kawari drama "Yukihira Isonare Matsu" [more details].

4th lunar month of 1739: premiere of "Hirakana Seisuiki" [3] in ďsaka at the Takemotoza.

5th lunar month of 1739: "Hirakana Seisuiki" was adapted for Kabuki and staged for the first time in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai, produced by Mizuki Tatsunosuke II for the nadai Hoteiya Umenoj˘ [casting].

9th lunar month of 1740: "Hirakana Seisuiki" was staged for the first time in ďsaka [4], produced at the Kado no Shibai by Nakamura Jűz˘ I and the only know actor in the casting was Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I in the role of Chidori.

5th lunar month of 1741: premiere of "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari" [5] in ďsaka at the Takemotoza.

8th lunar month of 1741: "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari" was adapted for Kabuki and staged for the first time in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater, produced by Sakakiyama Jűtar˘ I [casting].

Comments:

Matsuda Bunk˘d˘ was a Kamigata sakusha, who was active for 30 years, mainly in the puppet theater (Bunraku) and occasionally in Kabuki. He was the most active after 1730. Many of his works were collaborations with Hasegawa Senshi. The most well-known among those works are "Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki" and "Gosho Zakura Horikawa no Youchi", which are stories about Minamoto no Yoshitsune and still often played in Kabuki theaters.

[1] Written with Miyoshi Sh˘raku. "Gosho Zakura Horikawa no Youchi" was adapted for Kabuki many years later and staged for the first time in the 4th lunar month of 1762 in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai [casting]. "Benkei J˘shi" and "T˘yata Monogatari" are still in the Kabuki repertoire.

[2] Written with Miyoshi Sh˘raku. "Katakiuchi Tsuzure no Nishiki" was adapted for Kabuki more than 28 years after its creation. It was premiered in ďsaka in the 9th lunar month of 1764 at the Kado no Shibai, in a version which was revised by Namiki Jűsuke, Ichiyama Bokuhei and Namiki ďsuke and was entitled "Oriawase Tsuzure no Nishiki" [casting]. "Daianji Zutsumi" is still in the Kabuki repertoire.

[3] Written with Miyoshi Sh˘raku, Takeda Izumo I, Takeda Koizumo I and Asada Kakei. "Genta Kand˘", "ďtsu Yadoya", "Sasabiki", "Sakaro" and "Kanzaki Ageya" are still in the Kabuki repertoire.

[4] "Hirakana Seisuiki" was staged for the first time in Edo in the 7th lunar month of 1753, at the Ichimuraza [casting].

[5] Written with Miyoshi Sh˘raku, Takeda Koizumo I and Ogawa Hanbei.

[6] Written with Hasegawa Senshi. "Ishikiri Kajiwara" is still in the Kabuki repertoire.

[7] Written with Hasegawa Senshi. "Kikubatake" and "Ichij˘ ďkura Monogatari" are still in the Kabuki repertoire.

[8] Written with Takeda Izumo I. "Migawari Ondo" is still in the Kabuki repertoire.

[9] Written with Hasegawa Senshi. "ďgiya Kumagai" is still in the Kabuki repertoire.

[10] Believed to have been a disciple of Chikamatsu Monzaemon.

[11] Matsuda Wakichi was also his real name.

 
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