|MATSUMOTO YONESABURď I|
Matsumoto Yonesabur˘ I
Other name: Matsumoto Yonesa I
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Bunsha
Existence: 1774 ~ 11th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1805
Father: Yoshizawa Ayame IV
Master: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV
Adoptive father: Matsumoto Kojir˘ II
Brother: Nakayama Kojűr˘ VII
Sons: Matsumoto Goroichi, Matsumoto Yonesabur˘ II
Family map: the Yoshizawa Clan
1774: born in Edo. He receives the name of Yoshizawa Kichijűr˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1779: Yonesabur˘ makes his debut at the Ichimuraza, performing as a koyaku in the kaomise drama "Azuma no Mori Sakae Kusunoki", which celebrates the shűmei of Azuma T˘z˘ III and Segawa Otome.
11th lunar month of 1788: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the Tokiwazu-based dance-drama "Modori Kago Iro ni Aikata" (commonly called "Modori Kago"), which is staged within Sakurada Jisuke I's kaomise program "T˘zum˘ Hana no Edokata", which celebrates the return in Edo of the actor Nakamura Nakaz˘ I; Yonesabur˘ plays the role of the kamuro [casting].
1791: Yonesabur˘ becomes wakaonnagata.
28th day of the 9th lunar month of 1792: his father Yoshizawa Ayame IV dies.
9th lunar month of 1796: the play "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi" is staged for the first time in Edo, simultaneously at the Kiriza and the Miyakoza; Yonesabur˘ plays the role of Ichimisai's younger daughter Okiku in the former theater [casting].
Fall 1800: Yonesabur˘ goes to ďsaka.
11th lunar month of 1800: Yonesabur˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Ohatsu in the drama "Kagamiyama Koky˘ no Nishikie"; the roles of Iwafuji and Onoe are played by Kataoka Nizaemon VII and Sawamura Kunitar˘ I.
2nd lunar month of 1801: Yonesabur˘ goes to Ky˘to and plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Katsura in the drama "Keisei Kakehashi Monogatari".
11th lunar month of 1801: Yonesabur˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Furuki o Motte Aratama no Kaomise", which is produced by the zamoto Arashi Sankichi and celebrates the shűmei of Kan˘ Minshi I.
10th lunar month of 1803: Yonesabur˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the roles of Tatsuta-no-Mae, Haru and Tonami in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". He also plays the role of Yaegiri in the drama "Komochi Yamanba".
Fall 1803: Yonesabur˘ and Asao Kuzaemon I go together to Edo.
1st lunar month of 1804: Yonesabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is only one stroke below j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He is the kanjiku for wakaonnagata actors.
9th lunar month of 1804: Namiki Gohei I's drama "Kanjin Kanmon Tekuda no Hajimari" was staged for the first time in Edo, produced by Ichimura Uzaemon XI at the Ichimuraza; Yonesabur˘ plays the role of Teruha-no-Mae [more details].
11th lunar month of 1804: Yonesabur˘ plays at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Mishi Tamadare Yuki no Furusato", which celebrates the shűmei of Suketakaya Takasuke II, Ichikawa Takinosuke and Kiriyama Monji III.
3rd lunar month of 1805: Yonesabur˘ appears on stage for the last time, performing at the Ichimuraza. He suddenly dies the 11th of the 3rd lunar month of 1805.
Matsumoto Yonesabur˘ I was a promising and popular onnagata. He was the heir of a Kamigata actor but was in fact trained in Edo, where he spent most of his short but successful career. He was outstanding in the roles of keisei in sewamono.
Matsumoto Yonesabur˘ I in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I
The Matsumoto Yonesabur˘ line of actors
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