MURAYAMA HEIJŰRÔ I

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: ??? ~ 8th lunar month of 1707

Connection:

Master: Murayama Heiemon II

Sons: Murayama Heijűrô II, Murayama Heijűrô III, Murayama Heijűrô IV

Disciple: Murayama Jűheiji I

Career:

1672: his name appears for the first time in the Kabuki records, as a disciple of Murayama Heiemon II, who performs with his master in Kyôto.

3rd lunar month of 1685: Heijűrô goes to Edo and performs at the Ichimuraza.

1688: Heijűrô goes back to Ôsaka.

11th lunar month of 1689: Heijűrô plays in Ôsaka in the drama "Fujiwara no Haruhime", which is produced by Iwai Hanshirô I. His stage partners are Nakagawa Kinnojô and Uemura Kichiya II.

1st lunar month of 1690: Heijűrô plays in Ôsaka in the drama "Sakaba no Ôji", which is produced by Iwai Hanshirô I.

3rd lunar month of 1693: Heijűrô plays in Ôsaka in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Butsumo Mayasan Kaichô", which is produced by Iwai Hanshirô I and stars along with Heijűrô the actors Sugiyama Kanzaemon I and Iwai Sagenta I; this production is a success and a long run (150 days). The same play is simultaneously staged in Kyôto at Miyako Mandayű's theater.

1694: Heijűrô becomes zamoto and produces in Ôsaka the drama "Wakoku Fűryű Kyôdai Kagami", in which he plays the role of Soga Gorô Tokimune. His stage partners are Takeshima Kôzaemon I (Soga Jűrô Sukenari), Nishikawa Okanosuke (Jűrô's lover Ôiso no Tora) and Hayama Heiemon (the Soga brothers' mother).

11th lunar month of 1695: Heijűrô goes to Edo and performs at the Moritaza.

26th day of the 12th lunar month of 1695: a fire breaks out in the district of Sukiyabashi, which burns the Moritaza to the ground.

1st lunar month of 1696: Heijűrô plays at the Yamamuraza the role of Fuwa Banzaemon in the drama "Fuwa Nagoya Uikamuri"; the role of Nagoya Sanza, Banzaemon's rival in love, is played by Nakamura Shichisaburô I.

Winter 1698/1699: Heijűrô goes back to Ôsaka.

1st lunar month of 1699: Heijűrô's rank in the Ôsaka hyôbanki is (superior) [visual]. He plays in Ôsaka in Tsuuchi Jihę I's drama "Taisanji Yakushi no Kaichô", which is produced by Iwai Hanshirô I.

4th lunar month of 1699: Heijűrô plays in the same theater the role of Taira no Masakado in the drama "Ryűjo Tsuya Oshiroi", which is produced by Iwai Hanshirô II; the role of Masakado's enemy Tawara no Tôta is played by Sakurayama Shôzaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1700: Heijűrô plays the role of Moriya no Daijin in the drama "Onna Chôteki Sangoku Denraiki", which is produced in Ôsaka at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai (Ôsaka) by Araki Yojibę I.

1st lunar month of 1701: Heijűrô plays in Ôsaka the role of Tawara Magosaburô in the drama "Keisei Tamazusa no Miei", which is produced by Arashi San'emon II.

3rd lunar month of 1701: Heijűrô's rank in the Ôsaka hyôbanki, tachiyaku section, is jô-jô (superior - superior) [visual].

Fall 1701: Heijűrô plays in Ôsaka the role of Mochizuki Jűrozaemon in the drama "Nagori no Sakazuki", which is produced by Arashi San'emon II.

1st lunar month of 1704: Heijűrô plays in Ôsaka the role of Abe no Munetô in the drama "Azuma Mondô", which is produced by Kataoka Nizaemon I, who plays the role of Munetô's brother Sadatô.

11th lunar month of 1704: Heijűrô becomes zamoto in Ôsaka.

1st lunar month of 1705: Heijűrô produces in Ôsaka the new year drama "Miura no Ôsuke Hyakuhaimaru".

2nd lunar month of 1705: Heijűrô's rank in the Ôsaka hyôbanki is (superior) [visual].

2nd lunar month of 1706: Heijűrô produces in Ôsaka the drama "Washi no Oyama Kaichô".

Fall 1706: Heijűrô goes to Kyôto.

11th lunar month of 1706: Heijűrô performs at Kameya Kumenojô's theater.

3rd lunar month of 1707: Heijűrô's rank in the Kyôto hyôbanki, tachiyaku section, is jô-jô (superior - superior) [visual].

8th lunar month of 1707: he is supposed to go to Edo with Murayama Heiemon III and receives 50 ryô for the trip. He suddenly dies and his son Murayama Kinjűrô (the future Murayama Heijűrô II) replaces him.

Comments:

Murayama Heijűrô I was a good tachiyaku actor, who was active from the 1670s to the 1700s. He was more a katakiyaku in his prime but definitively switched to tachiyaku roles in 1699. He was said to be better in jidaimono than in sewamono and was endowed with a powerful voice.

Murayama Heijűrô I

Prints & Illustrations

The Murayama Heijűrô line of actors

 
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