- プール学院大学研究紀要 (ISSN:13426028)
- vol.54, pp.121-135, 2013-12
Rentaro Taki(1879〜1903) was one of the leading composers during the Meiji era in Japan. "Kojo no tsuki" and "Hana", which are his representative works, are well known in Japan. However, what is not well known is that Taki was a Christian and that his faith influenced his works. In this paper, I describe the relationship between Taki's life and Christianity, and investigate how his works were influenced by his faith. His musical works were divided into three periods: the early period(1897〜1899), the middle period(1900〜1901), and the late period(1902〜1903). I analyze Taki's works of each period and discover that "Yuki", the fourth song of his suite "Shiki", has characteristics typical of hymns. He also used a picardy third, which is often used in hymns, in his works "Tsuki" , "Mizu no yukue" and "Araiso". I therefore conclude that although Taki's early works were not influenced by his Christian faith, his middle and late works were. Keywords: Meiji, baptized, confirmed, Episcopal Church, Picardy third.