Kishibe, Shigeo, Japanese ethnomusicologist; b. Tokyo, June 16, 1912. He studied at the Univ. of Tokyo (B.A. in oriental history, 1936; Ph.D. in literature, 1961), where he was a prof. (1949–73). He also lectured (from 1952) at the Tokyo National Univ. of Fine Arts and Music and at various American univs., including the Univ. of Calif, at Los Angeles, Harvard Univ., and Stanford Univ. He is a founding member of the Soc. for Research in Asiatic Music. His research has focused particularly on the music of China and Japan, but he has also done fieldwork in Korea, India, Iran, and the Philippines. Among his numerous publications is The Traditional Music of Japan (Tokyo, 1966).
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