MURAYAMA HEIJ█Rď IV

Stage names:

Murayama Heijűr˘ IV [1] In Japanese
Murayama Heikur˘ In Japanese
Murayama Kujűr˘ In Japanese

Line number: YODAIME (IV)

Existence: ???

Connection:

Father: Murayama Heijűr˘ I

Brothers: Murayama Heijűr˘ II, Murayama Heijűr˘ III

Career:

1707 ~ 1746: third son of Murayama Heijűr˘ I, his first stage name was Murayama Kujűr˘ [2].

8th lunar month of 1707: his father Murayama Heijűr˘ I died.

29th day of the 8th lunar month of 1738 [3]: Murayama Heijűr˘ III died.

11th lunar month of 1746: he took the name of Murayama Heikur˘ at the Kado no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1747: no record in ďsaka or Ky˘to kaomise performances.

11th lunar month of 1748: Heikur˘ became katakiyaku and played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Asano Daiz˘ in Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's kaomise drama "Fuyugomori Tsumagoi Ikusa", which was produced by Band˘ Toyosabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1749: Heikur˘'s ranking in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior) [visual].

3rd lunar month of 1749: Heikur˘'s ranking in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, fell to (superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1749: Murayama Heikur˘ took the name of Murayama Heijűr˘ IV at the ďnishi no Shibai, where he played the role of Kajiwara Heiji Kagetaka in the kaomise drama "Kotobuki Kogane no Kachi Ikusa" which was produced by Mimasu Daigor˘ I and welcomed back in ďsaka Iwai Hanshir˘ III.

1st lunar month of 1750: Heijűr˘'s ranking in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was one stroke above j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1750: Heijűr˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the role of ďba no Sabur˘ in the kaomise drama "Tachibana Gojűyongun", which was produced by Iwata Somematsu I.

1st lunar month of 1751: Heijűr˘'s ranking in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

3rd lunar month of 1751: Heijűr˘'s ranking in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1751: no record in ďsaka or Ky˘to kaomise performances.

11th lunar month of 1752: Heijűr˘ played at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Washisaka Dennai in the kaomise drama "Ky˘ Miyage Matsuri Zoroe"; his stage partners were Wakayama Shinkur˘, Wakayama Bunshichi, Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I, ďtani Hirohachi I, Iwata Somematsu I, Ichimura Sanohachi, Kirishima Gizaemon I, Kiriyama Monji I, Matsushima Moheiji, Takenaka Heikichi, Matsushima Kiyosaki (who celebrated his shűmei) and Nakamura Shirogor˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1753: Heijűr˘ played the Kado no Shibai the role of Miki Kan'emon in Fujikawa Sakoku's kaomise drama "Kashű Narihira Ishi". He also played in the same theater from the 22nd day of this month the roles of the tedai Denkur˘ and the old woman Okura in Fujikawa Sakoku's ni-no-kawari drama "Otokodate Sakiwake Zakura" [4].

11th lunar month of 1754: Heijűr˘ performed at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Amaterasu ďmikami Iwado no Akebono", which was produced by Arashi San'emon IV.

12th lunar month of 1754: Heijűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Imagawa Ry˘kai in the ni-no-kawari drama "D˘chű Sengandoi".

1st lunar month of 1755: Heijűr˘'s ranking in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual].

3rd lunar month of 1755: Heijűr˘'s ranking in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

10th lunar month of 1755: He played in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai the role of Rokuroemon in Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yamato Kotoba Hinin no Katakiuchi" [5]. This was his last-recorded performance in ˘shibai. No record afterwards.

Comments:

Murayama Heijűr˘ IV was an ďsaka tachiyaku and katakiyaku actor, who was active in ˘shibai from the second half of the 1740s to the second half of the 1750s.

[1] In Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten", Murayama Heijűr˘ IV was described as the 3rd son of Murayama Heijűr˘ I, who had no previous stage name and took the name of Murayama Heijűr˘ IV after the death of Murayama Heijűr˘ III. It was also recorded that he played the role of Asano Daiz˘ in Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's kaomise drama "Fuyugomori Tsumagoi Ikusa", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1748 at the Naka no Shibai. We've checked the 1749 ďsaka hy˘banki and a picture (the one below) has revealed the truth. It was Murayama Heikur˘, not Murayama Heijűr˘ IV. We've decided to stay in line with the "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran". The Murayama Heijűr˘ V in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" is Murayama Heijűr˘ IV in the "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran".

Murayama Heikur˘, not Murayama Heijűr˘ IV, playing the role of Asano Daiz˘ in the kaomise drama "Fuyugomori Tsumagoi Ikusa", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1748 at the Naka no Shibai

[2] No record at all of any performance under this name in ˘shibai or hama shibai. He could have performed in kodomo shibai, miyaji shibai, tabi shibai or inaka shibai.

[3] The 29th day of the 8th lunar month of the 3rd year of the Genbun era was the 12th of October 1738 in the western calendar.

[4] The kaomise was staged from the 5th day of the 11th lunar month of the 3rd year of the H˘reki era, which was the 29th of November 1753 in the western calendar. The ni-no-kawari was staged from the 22nd day of the 11th lunar month of the 3rd year of the H˘reki era, which was the 16th of December 1753 in the western calendar.

[5] This drama was staged to commemorate the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the passing away of the star Anegawa Shinshir˘ I.

Arashi Wakano II, Murayama Heijűr˘ IV, Band˘ Toyosabur˘ I and Nakamura Shirogor˘ III playing the roles of Okanoi, ďba no Sabur˘, Kichiroku and Miura Yoshiuji in the kaomise drama "Tachibana Gojűyongun", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1750 at the Kado no Shibai

The Murayama Heijűr˘ line of actors

 
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