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“Jizuki-Uta” is a work song. According to Rudolf Dittrich, it might be sung by a team of men driving piles. However, the text shows that the song is about rice cultivation. Dittrich provides a beautiful illustration (reproduced on this page) of men driving piles.
Kimi ga ta to
Waga ta wo narase,
Tani no nagare de
(Beim Einrammen von Pfählen oder Steinen)
DER VORARBEITER SINGT:
Lasst uns unsere Felder bearbeiten,
Die Raine ausbessern:
CHOR DER ARBEITER:
Dort im murmelnden Thalbach
Vergnügt sich die Schildkröte.
THE FOREMAN SINGS:
Let us till our fields,
Repair the ridges:
CHORUS OF WORKMEN:
There in the murmuring brook in the dale
The turtle is disporting himself.
"Jizuki-Uta" appears in Giocomo Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly. Musicologist Kunio Hara deserves credit for elucidating it's role among Puccini's sources. Parts of "Jizuki-Uta" occur in three places in the opera:
For a list of Puccini's Japanese songs and where they occur in the opera, see Japanese Songs in Puccini's Madama Butterfly on this website.
Dittrich, Rudolf, Nippon Gakufu (“Six Japanese Popular Songs collected and arranged for the Pianoforte”), Breitkopf and Härtel, Leipzig, 1894.
Hara, Kunio, Puccini's Use of Japanese Melodies in Madama Butterfly, Master's thesis, University of Cincinnati, 2003. Download from http://www.ohiolink.edu/etd/send-pdf.cgi?ucin1060955367 [Large pdf file, 3MB].