MURASE GENZABURď

Pen names:

Murase Genzabur˘ In Japanese
Chikamatsu Genzabur˘ In Japanese

Poetry name: Gosh˘

Existence: ???

Career:

Before 1712: born in Kamigata; his first pen name was Chikamatsu Genzabur˘.

Fall 1712: he settled in Edo.

3rd lunar month of 1713: he took the name of Murase Genzabur˘ and worked at the Moritaza on the drama "Isshin Oyako Zakura".

11th lunar month of 1716: Genzabur˘ worked at the Moritaza on the kaomise drama "Yomeiri Miyako no Tsunagi Uma".

11th lunar month of 1717: Genzabur˘ worked at the Moritaza on the kaomise drama "H˘n˘ Taiheiki", which starred Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II, ďtani Hiroemon I, Ogawa Zengor˘ I, Asao Jűjir˘ I, Hayakawa Dengor˘ and Ichikawa Monnosuke I.

1st lunar month of 1718: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II played at the Moritaza the leading role in the "Uir˘ Uri" scene [1] (Kabuki Jűhachiban), which was performed in the second part (nibanme) of the new year sogamono drama "Wakamidori Ikioi Soga". The performance was a successful long run (from the 1st lunar month to the 7th lunar month of 1718).

11th lunar month of 1719: no record.

11th lunar month of 1720: no record.

11th lunar month of 1721: Genzabur˘ worked at the Moritaza on the kaomise drama "Semimaru Y˘r˘ no Taki".

1st lunar month of 1722: Genzabur˘ moved to the Nakamuraza where he worked on the new year sogamono "ďkamado Akinai Soga".

11th lunar month of 1722: Genzabur˘ worked at the Nakamuraza on the kaomise drama "H˘nen Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1723: Genzabur˘ worked in the same theater on the new year sogamono "Soga Koyomi Biraki"; the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune, Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari and Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune were played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II, Mimasuya Sukejűr˘ I and Ogawa Zengor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1723: Genzabur˘ became tatesakusha at the Nakamuraza, where he worked on the kaomise drama "Sono Enp˘ Onna Migy˘sho", which celebrated the arrival at the Nakamuraza of the Kamigata actors Yamashita Kinsaku I and Sanogawa Senz˘.

3rd lunar month of 1724: Genzabur˘ worked in the same theater on the drama "Irifune Sumidagawa".

11th lunar month of 1724: Genzabur˘ worked at the Nakamuraza on the kaomise drama "Taiheiki Okuni Kabuki", which starred Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ I, Yamashita Kinsaku I, Nakamura Denpachi and Ichikawa Monnosuke I.

11th lunar month of 1725: Genzabur˘ worked at the Nakamuraza on the kaomise drama "Oguri Ch˘seiden" (literally 'Oguri in the Palace of Long Life').

11th lunar month of 1726: Genzabur˘ worked at the Nakamuraza on the kaomise drama "Kaomise Jűnidan".

1st lunar month of 1727: Genzabur˘ worked in the same theater on the new year sogamono drama "Yuzuriha Gongen Soga"; the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1727: Genzabur˘ worked in the same theater on a bombastic oshimodoshi scene [2] which was staged within the play "Kokusen'ya".

11th lunar month of 1728: Genzabur˘ worked, along with Murayama Jűheiji I, at the Nakamuraza on the kaomise drama "Hoshi Kabuto Goban Tadanobu".

1st lunar month of 1729: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the short and bombastic "Ya-no-Ne" scene [3], which was created by Genzabur˘ and which was staged within the new year drama "Suehiro Eh˘ Soga"; Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I played the leading roles of the brothers Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari. The performance was a huge success and was extended up to the 5th lunar month.

11th lunar month of 1729: Genzabur˘ worked at the Nakamuraza on the kaomise drama "Ume Goyomi Konrei Nagoya".

11th lunar month of 1730: Genzabur˘ worked at the Nakamuraza on the kaomise drama "Irifune Hiru-ga-Kojima".

11th lunar month of 1731: Genzabur˘ worked at the Nakamuraza on the kaomise drama "Wag˘ Ichiji Taiheiki".

9th lunar month of 1732: Genzabur˘ worked at the Nakamuraza on the drama "ďich˘ Sakae Kagekiyo" [4] [casting]. No record afterwards.

Comments:

Murase Genzabur˘ was a Kamigata sakusha, who was active in Edo from the beginning of the 1710s to the end of the 1730s, at the Moritaza from 1712 to 1721 and at the Nakamuraza from 1722 to 1732. He worked on more than 30 dramas, many written for the Edo star Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II. He will stay in Kabuki history as the playwright who created 4 of the 18 dramas belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban.

[1] It was considered as the first performance of "Uir˘ Uri", one drama belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban.

[2] It was considered as the first performance of "Oshimodoshi", one drama belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban.

[3] It was considered as the first performance of "Ya-no-Ne", one drama belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban.

[4] It was considered as the first performance of "Kagekiyo", one drama belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban.

 
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