The history of Chinese music is as vast and diverse as the history of China itself. This book illustrates the development of Chinese music from its early beginnings to the formation of Chinese folk orchestras in the 20th century, and is an essential guide for anyone interested in the development and unique character of Chinese traditional music.
Founded in 1960, China National Orchestra is a state funded Chinese folk orchestra.
Xi Qiang, director of China National Orchestra, is known for mastering various Chinese instruments. He has edited many specialized books including Collected Papers on Chinese Folk Music.