Katyusha's song

Katyusha's Song, or "Song of Katyusha"[3] (Japanese language:カチューシャの唄, Kachūsha no Uta[4]) is a Japanese song, which was highly popular in early 20th century Japan. It was composed in the major pentatonic scale by Shinpei Nakayama.[5] The song was sung by Matsui Sumako in a dramatization of Leo Tolstoy's Resurrection,[6] first put on stage in 1914 in Tokyo. [7]

"Katyusha's song"
Composer(s)Shinpei Nakayama[2]


Katyusha's song became a national hit in Japan from 1913 onwards,[8] selling 27,000 copies[9] and was taken on by street corner musicians throughout the Japanese empire. It is considered by some music historians as the first example of modern Japanese popular music.[10]


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  3. Yukiko Koshiro (10 May 2013). Imperial Eclipse: Japan's Strategic Thinking about Continental Asia before August 1945. Cornell University Press. pp. 62–. ISBN 0-8014-6775-6.
  4. Patrick M. Patterson (15 October 2018). Music and Words: Producing Popular Songs in Modern Japan, 1887–1952. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 25–. ISBN 978-1-4985-5036-9.
  5. Nakayama Shinpei.
  6. Hiromu Nagahara (10 April 2017). Tokyo Boogie-Woogie. Harvard University Press. pp. 30–. ISBN 978-0-674-97169-1.
  7. Anthony V. Liman (2008). Ibuse Masuji: A Century Remembered. Charles University in Prague, Karolinum Press. ISBN 978-80-246-1452-6.
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  9. The Journal of Japanese Studies. Society for Japanese Studies. 2003.
  10. "Music - Reflection of traditions from the East and West" Archived 2008-11-19 at the Wayback Machine. Web-Japan, Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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