Chinese Music and Musical Instruments

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Shanghai Press
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more than 140 color photos
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7 3/4 X 9 3/4

With dozens of color photographs and insightful text, Chinese Music and Musical Instruments describes in detail the musical instruments with which a Chinese folk orchestra is equipped and their working and sounding principles.

There are as many as a thousand different kinds of musical instruments in China. Only a tiny portion of them are used in an orchestra. The selection of musical instruments for an orchestra depends on how well they complement one another. A Chinese folk orchestra is composed of four sections: wind, plucked, percussion and bowed.

This book is also devoted to the description of the development of classical Chinese music and the introduction of some music-related tales of profound significance.

Chinese music is a big family composed of various distinctive types of music:
  • Chinese folk music played at weddings, funerals or in festivals an fairs.
  • The religious music played in religious services conducted in Buddhist and Taoist temples.
  • Court music, which reached its zenith during the Tang Dynasty.
  • The scholars' music based on Confucian thinking was the embodiment of the musical life of academia and refined music of this kind is still prevalent in today's society.

About the Author:
Founded in 1960, China National Orchestra is a state funded Chinese folk orchestra. Noted members include many famous composers, conductors and performers. Due to the prestige of its members the China Central Folk Orchestra is able to perform a great variety of musical pieces in different styles.

Xi Qiang, director of China National Orchestra, is known for mastering various Chinese instruments. He has edited many specialized books and published Collected Papers on Chinese Folk Music and the instructional book, A Guide for Young People to Learn Playing the Erhu.