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Traditional Music of China


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Stream Flowing: Traditional Music from China

Celestial Harmonies
Released: 2006-05-17
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A coproduction between Radio Berlin-Brandenburg and Celestial Harmonies, Stream Flowing is an exquisite recording of traditional music from China, featuring the sheng (Chinese mouth-organ) and yangqin (hammered dulcimer). The sheng is one of China's traditional musical instruments. With a sound similar to that of a European pipe organ, its tone is very clear, piercing and full. It is able to play harmony and multi-voice parts. The unique shape of the sheng is sometimes compared to the phoenix. The two symetrical arrays of pipes symbolize the wings of the legendary immortal bird. The earliest historical records of the sheng appear over three thousand years ago. Confucius, the great philosopher of ancient China, also wrote about the sheng in his anthology of poems. For thousands of years, through successive dynasties, the sheng has been regarded as an important musical instrument for royal musical ensembles. It has also won a place in the hearts of ordinary people. In the 1930s, modern musicians started a new round of improvement of the sheng. However, it was not until the establishment of the People's Republic of China that innovations achieved lasting change. Recognizing the importance of keeping the sheng's traditional features, musicians expanded its sound range, improved its sound quality and multiplied its performance functions. The earliest version of the yangqin was the Persian santur, a form of hammered dulcimer. The Chinese yangqin was introduced to China by Europeans around four-hundred years ago. Ye Mengzhu, a scholar at the end of the Ming Dynasty, mentioned in his books that Europeans played a Western (yang) zither (qinse) on a foreign commercial ship anchored near Shanghai. Once the yangqin had been introduced, it became popular among ordinary people and evolved into the natural accompaniment to traditional drama and regional opera. It was very small, its range of sound was limited and the playing technique was relatively simple. With the unswerving efforts of Chinese musicians, the yangqin nowadays has a wide sound range and beautiful sound quality, and has become a very important Chinese musical instrument.

Music of the Dynasties of China

Inside Sounds
Released: 2006-10-17
Audio CD

Music of the Dynasties of China
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For most people, China evokes the ideas of poetry, jade, porcelain, bronzes and delicious food, but its marvelous music is virtually unknown to outsiders, with the exception of Peking opera, a modern development. The best Chinese music stands comparison with the best music of any other civilization. Were it not for its inaccessebility, partly for political reasons, but mainly because it was never intended for a wide audience (being essentially private), it would now, through modern communications, most probably have reached the West and made its impact. In China, records of the finest musicians are produced, but are generally not available in the West. With this recording, a beginning has been made to fill the gap. It includes unaccompanied music for three great classical stringed instruments, a composition for notched flute with lute accompaniment, and an exquisitely pungent orchestral piece with an oboe playing the melody. Through the window of music it is possible to see beyond the artifacts and into the heart of an entire civilization. It is to the mysteries and WONDERS of the great dynasties of China that we dedicate Music of the Dynasties of China.

Ancient Art Music of China

Lyrichord
Released: 2009-04-16
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Lily Yuan, solo yangqin. The yangqin (Chinese hammered dulcimer), is unquestionably one of the most beautiful and serene sounding instruments in the world, and it is played here by Lily Yuan, the foremost young performer of this instrument in China today. A brand new, digital recording of a truly virtuoso performance. Produced by Gerald Gold.

Chinese Traditional Zheng Music

Oliver Sudden Productions Inc.
Released: 2004-11-02
Audio CD

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Hong Ting performs 16 traditional musical pieces on the zheng, an ancient Chinese stringed instrument. This digital recording captures the soothing ethereal sound of the zheng.

Naxos Scenic Musical Journeys Hangzhou A Cultural Tour with Traditional Chinese Music

Directed by Adriano

TravelVideoStore.com
Released: 2012-10-26
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Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province, held a position of importance from the time of the Sui dynasty (581-617 C.E.), and is sited at the end of the Grand Canal, with linked waterways that provided communication between the provinces of China. It was the capital of the Southern Song dynasty (1127-1276), visited by Marco Polo in the following Mongol Yuan dynasty. He compared Hangzhou to Venice, praised its traditional arts and crafts, and commented on its great importance in the spice trade and on the beauty of the West Lake with its bordering pavilions and temples. Historical monuments abound, with temples and pagodas, and buildings that recall ancient China. The music chosen for this tour of Hangzhou is played on traditional Chinese instruments. Unusually there is a Bach Minuet, transcribed for the Chinese dulcimer, the yangqin, used to accompany a visit to a silk museum. Other instruments heard include the dizi, the Chinese bamboo transverse flute, and ensembles of wind and strings, known as 'silk and bamboo' from their silk strings and bamboo pipes. Traditional Chinese music, like Chinese painting, is generally associated with a scene or poem, as revealed in its evocative titles.

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Traditional Music Of China

Retro
Released: 2015-09-01
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Compilation of Chinese music, with CD1 dedicated to Chinese traditional instruments while CD2 is a selection of the very best of the National Opera of Beijing.

Naxos Scenic Musical Journeys Xi'an A Cultural Tour with Traditional Chinese Music

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Naxos
Released: 2012-10-26
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The capital of Shaanxi Province, Xi'an, its name translating as 'Western Peace', was the Chinese capital during the Tang dynasty (618-906 C.E.). The Big Wild Goose Pagoda, completed in 704 on the orders of the Empress Wu Zetain during her period of rule as Empress of the Zhou dynasty, soon replaced by the restored Tang, is one of the oldest such structures in China. Of particular interest is the tomb of the Emperor Huang, regarded as the founder of the unified Chinese nation, and the remarkable terracotta warriors and horses discovered around the mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang Di, founder of the Qin dynasty who died in 210 B.C.E.. The tour ends with views of the precipitous Huashan (Flower Mountain), so called from its five peaks, grouped in the shape of a great flower. The music chosen for this tour of Xi'an is played on traditional Chinese instruments. The excerpts include, to accompany the terracotta warriors, a contemporary composition inspired by Zhang Ji's poem Night at the Maple Bridge giving particular prominence to the zhongruan, a form of Chinese lute of ancient origin. Other instruments heard are the Chinese transverse bamboo flute, the dizi, the Chinese plucked zither, the guqin, and the Chinese lute, the pipa. A glimpse of operatic stage performance finds a place for a Shaanxi opera tune, an example of the music to be heard in the many regional forms of Chinese opera.

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China: Music of the Pipa

Nonesuch
Released: 1991-04-17
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Classical Chinese Folk Music

Arc Music
Released: 2002-03-11
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