Chinese Music and Musical Instruments

Chinese Music and Musical Instruments

by Xi Qiang, China Central Folk Orchestra Staff
     
 

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602201057
Publisher:
Shanghai Press
Publication date:
04/10/2011
Edition description:
1st Edition, Paperback with Flaps
Pages:
114
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

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.

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