Chinese Music and Musical Instruments

Book Details

Author  Xi Qiang
Publisher  Shanghai Press
Publication Date   April 10, 2011
ISBN  1602201056
Pages  114

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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.

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