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  Chinese music — FactMonster.com
Chinese music: Origins and Characteristics - Origins and Characteristics Chinese music can be traced back as far as the third millennium B.C. Chinese music: Modern History - Modern History Throughout the political and social turmoil following World War I, Western...
Chinese music: Tone and the Instruments - Tone and the Instruments In Chinese music, the single tone is of greater significance than melody;...
Chinese music: Musical Notation - Musical Notation Several types of notation were used.
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  Chinese Music (reference)
Chinese music today is also influenced by Western musical concepts, which is an inevitable consequence of historical and social change.
Chinese instrumental music is traditionally heterophonic if it is performed on more than one instrument or for an instrument and voice.
Music for the suona is loud and piercing because of the instrument's construction and its function as an outdoor instrument.
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 Chinese Music
Music of China appears to date back to the dawn of Chinese civilization, and documents and artifacts provide evidence of a well-developed musical culture as early as the Zhou Dynasty (1122 BC - 256 BC).
The Imperial Music Bureau, first established in the Qin Dynasty (221-207 BC), was greatly expanded under the Emperor Han Wu Di (140-87 BC) and charged with supervising court music and military music and determining what folk music would be officially recognized.
Chinese vocal music has traditionally been sung in a thin, nonresonant voice or in falsetto and is usually solo rather than choral.
www.chineseculture.info /culture/music.htm   (2168 words)

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Another "blown" instrument, the Chinese pan flute, or p'al-nsTao, is one of the most ancient of Chinese musical instruments, and is similar to its Western counterpart.
In traditional Chinese opera, the percussion section is referred to as wu-ch'ang literally, "martial scene." The player of the pan-ku, a small drum for keeping time, directs the rest of the orchestra through his different methods and positions of striking his instrument.
And classes on traditional Chinese musical instruments are held in elementary, junior high, and senior high schools, a further reflection of the popularity of Chinese music in Taiwan today.
tsa.uconn.edu /music.html   (1018 words)

 Chinese Music - Music Paradise   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Musical speculation and descriptions of musical performances began to appear in many of the historical, ceremonial, and literary documents written between the 6th and 1st centuries BC.
This is evident in the sustained attention given to accuracy in musical tuning, which was seen as essential to the harmony of the world: the readjustment of pitch became one of the first acts of a new emperor, and an Imperial Office of Music was established under Han Wudi (Wu-ti) (r.140-87 BC).
In Buddhist ceremonies the muyu ("Chinese temple block"), a slit-gong of camphor wood in a symbolic carving of a fish, is used for setting the musical pulse.
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For several thousand years Chinese culture han been dominated by the teachings of the philosopher Confucius, who conceived music in the highest sense as a means of calming the passions and of dispelling unrest and lust, rather than as a form of amusement.
The ancient Chinese belief that music is meant not to amuse but to purify one's thoughts finds particular expression in the cult of the qin (ch'in), a long zither possessing a repertory calling for great subtlety and refinement in performance and still popular among a small circle of scholar-musicians.
Most Chinese music is based on the five-tone, or pentatonic, scale, but the seven-tone, or heptatonic, scale, is also used, often as an expansion of a basically pentatonic core.
english.people.com.cn /features/music/music.html   (779 words)

 Chinese Music (www.chinaknowledge.de)
In China, music instruments are classified according to the material, not according to the generated sound or the construction method like in the West.
The sanxian and erhu are instruments employed by professional musicians and storytellers on the street, and in the Chinese opera.
The most famous music instruments of the national minorities in China are probably the Mongol horse head fiddle (Morinchuur), the huge Tibetian bronze trumpets, and the Tibetian bone trumpets, made of human femur bones.
www.chinaknowledge.de /Art/Music/music.html   (1509 words)

 Destiny, the Culture of China - Music
When listening to Chinese music, those who are not familiar with it will know that what they're hearing is something very different and truly breathtaking.
Chinese music also uses a different scale, using a five-tone scale rather than the eight-tone scale of Western music.
Traditional Chinese Music, combined with its traditional instruments, is a marvel and one of the greatest aspects of Chinese Culture, old or new.
library.thinkquest.org /20443/music.html   (254 words)

 Cpop - Chinese, Taiwanese and Hong Kong (HK) Pop Music and Video Forum and Download site with free chinese music mp3
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 Traditional Chinese Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Chinese instruments are divided into four divisions, namely Bowed String instruments, Plucked String Instruments, Wind instruments and Percussion instruments.
Its ancestor could well be the Persian barbat, but because the Chinese have used it for so many years and have developed so many different techniques for playing it, the pipa is considered to be characteristic of Chinese music.
The guzheng or zheng is sometimes known as the Chinese zither, and in Japan, it is called the Koto.
www.sccs.swarthmore.edu /users/01/janeng/music.html   (1086 words)

 Chinese Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Chinese music has a history of more than 8000 years.
Chinese music has a broader harmonic system than the Western one because more intervals are considered harmonic.
That is why Chinese string tuning is stacked fifth-fourth in all respects rather than the fifth-fifth stacking as is practiced in the West today." Traditional Chinese instruments have different sounds and playing styles than Western instruments.
www.mnsu.edu /emuseum/cultural/music/chinese_music.shtml   (279 words)

 China: Classical Music
Chinese music is basically pentatonic-diatonic, meaning that the basic pentatonic scale can be modulated within a diatonic context.
The music itself is clearly designed to be an abstract complement to the highly-developed poetic genres, and bears similar titles.
This is the most characteristic instrument of the Chinese classical orchestra, described in writing as early as the Han Dynasty, and found in variants thoughout the area.
www.medieval.org /music/world/china.html   (1390 words)

 Chinese Traditional Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
For several thousand years Chinese culture was dominated by the teachings of the philosopher Confucius, who conceived of music in the highest sense as means of calming the passions and of dispelling unrest and lust, rather than as a form of amusement.
In Chinese music, the single tone is of greater significance than melody; the tone is an important attribute of the substance that produces it.
Hence musical instruments are separated into eight classes according to the materials from which they are made---gourd (sheng); bamboo (panpipes); wood (chu, a trough-shaped percussion instrument); silk (various types of zither, with silk strings); clay (globular flute); metal (bell); stone (sonorous stone) and skin (drum).
learn_chinese.ckungfu.com /base_of_culture/Chinese_Music.htm   (269 words)

 Chinese Music Society of North America
Ritual Music In a North China Village: The Continuing Confucian and Buddhist Heritage
They range from Zeng Jiaqing’s "Flowers Tune", in the style of Jiangnan (south of Yangzi River) pop music, and Liu Guanyue’s "Jasmine Blossom", which is a traditional folk song for bamboo flute solo and accompanied by the sheng (mouth organ) of Northern China.
In term of musical phenomenon, "Jasmine Blossom" of the East is similar to "Flower and Youth" repertoire from the Northwest.
www.chinesemusic.net /CM_Journal.html   (375 words)

 Music of China - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In subsequent dynasties, the development of Chinese moo music was strongly influenced by foreign music, especially that of Central Asia.
Music in China is played on solo instruments or in small ensembles of plucked and bowed stringed instruments, flutes, and various cymbals, gongs, and drums.
Jiangnan Sizhu (silk and bamboo music from Jiangnan) is a style of instrumental music, often played by amateur musicians in teahouses in Shanghai, that has become widely known outside of its place of origin.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Chinese_music   (3387 words)

 Chinese Music,Chinese Traditional Music,China Music Guide,Music of China
Another specialization of the Chinese music is that it works on different scale, using a five-tone scale rather than the eight-tone scale of Western World.
One cannot also ignore the fact that Chinese music is sung in the Chinese language, that left many, a wonder struck and sometimes considered it, as odd and unimaginable.
Chinese music is basically pentatonic-diatonic, meaning that the basic pentatonic scale can change pitch within a diatonic context.
china.tourism-asia.net /chinese-music.html   (577 words)

 Chinese Music
Tongsu music is written by a small handful of song-writers, and performed by an endless stream of singers who are selected more for appearance than singing ability and who primarily are members of song-and-dance troups, or gewutuan.
The main dessimation of this music is by television (which in the early 1990s reached about 80% of the population and is now pretty much universal), through singing contests and fesitivals.
But, at the boom of Chinese materialism, an insinuation that one has nothing, is nothing could be interpreted as kinda subversive.
www.geocities.com /Tokyo/Harbor/6080/music/Yinyue.htm   (872 words)

 Ancient Chinese Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
This music was composed around 300 A.D. The musician was prosecuted and later killed by the King.
This music describes the scenery of a flock of wild geese hovering in the sky, trying to land on a beach in an evening.
This music is about the maid servants and their prisoned lives in the king's palace.
www.pas.rochester.edu /~wuzhe/mp3/chinese/gdpjs-eng.html   (435 words)

 Destiny, the Culture of China - Modern Chinese Music
Though many aspects of popular Chinese music are similar to those of popular Western music, many traditional facets to modern music remain.
The mixing of Western styles and Chinese styles with traditional Chinese instruments and other instruments allows for the creation of an endless scope of expression with modern Chinese music.
Chinese instrumental music has changed because it is no longer restricted to the traditional format.
library.thinkquest.org /20443/modern_music.html   (733 words)

 GBCCA - Chinese Music Ensembles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
The Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association (GBCCA) Chinese Music Ensemble was organized in 1984 by members and friends of the Chinese Music Ensemble of Boston.
To enhance the appreciation of Chinese classical and folk music and to promote Chinese music literacy among the Chinese ethnic population as well as the general American public.
To host visiting Chinese musicians and music group(s) in their endeavor to bring Chinese classical and folk music to the American public, particularly those in the New England area.
gbcca.servehttp.com:85 /chinesemusicensemble   (194 words)

 Chinese Music Journal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
As Chinese music takes on global consumerism, the Chinese Music Society of North America is committed to making Chinese music useful in creating the world-class music of the 21st century.
Sichuan school of yangqin playing is an example in which the physical features of the players of a musical instrument serves as a determining factor for the formation of the technical and aesthetical style of a given musical genre.
Committed to the Creation of an Artistic Climate for the Advancement of Music as an Art as well as a Means to Further Human Understanding, the Chinese Music Society of North America Serves Members in 150 Countries on Five Continents.
www.chinesemusic.net /cm1999-3.htm   (384 words)

 Traditional Chinese Music, Folk Music,
Chinese music is the body of vocal and instrumental music composed and played by Chinese People.
Melody and tone are prominent expressive features of Chinese music, and great emphasis is given to the proper articulation and inflection of each musical tone.
Chinese musical instruments have been classified according to the materials used in their construction, namely, metal, stone, silk, bamboo, gourd, clay, skin and wood.
www.chinesemusic.co.uk /english/music.html   (369 words)

 China Music, Chinese Music: Travel China Guide.com
Traditional Chinese music can be traced back 7,000 – 8,000 years based on the discovery of a bone flute made in the Neolithic Age.
With the introduction of foreign religions such as Buddhism and Islam, exotic and religious melodies were absorbed into Chinese music and were enjoyed by the Chinese people at fairs organized by religious temples.
Besides these types of music, Chinese peasants were clever enough to compose folk songs, which also developed independently with local flavor.
www.travelchinaguide.com /intro/arts/chinese-music.htm   (996 words)

 ANCIENT CHINESE MUSIC   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
This music ensemble was formed in 1993 and is based in the San Francisco area.
The scene set by the music is the beginning of a Spring night on a river lit by the light of a full moon.
This is a piece of music for the purpose of describing the scene of bumper harvest in China's country-side.
www.sandiegochinese.net /htmls/music.htm   (978 words)

 Pipa - Chinese lute - and pipa music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Since the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the pipa is one of the most popular Chinese instruments, and has maintained its appeal in solo as well as chamber genres.
Pipa music has been loved by Chinese people through centuries and there used to be a large repertoire of pipa music, a lot of them were lost, and some of them were handed down from generation to generation through individual artists and scholars.
Free samples of guzheng music performed by Liu Fang.
www.philmultic.com /pipa   (409 words)

 The Heaven Of Chinese Music
This website is dedicated to those who are interested in Traditional Chinese Music and Chinese Culture.
Chinese Musical Instruments can be divided into four basic categories based on the method by which they are played:
The following is a brief introduction on the origin of Chinese Music (quoted).
www.geocities.com /Vienna/2682/chmusic.html   (275 words)

 Chinese Music CD, Chinese Folk Song, Chinese Song, Chinese Music Instrument :Erhu, Dizi, Pipa
Chinese Music: Chinese music CD, Chinese Song, Chinese Folk Song, Chinese music instrument including Erhu (Er Hu), Dizi (Di zi), bamboo flute, Sheng, Pipa (Pi pa).
MUSIC - Instrument & CD Classic chinese music could date back 5000 years ago performed with eight kinds of natural materials, namely stone, metal, silk, bamboo, wood, skin, gourd and clay.
Based on the sound production, chinese music instrument family can be classified as the string instruments to be bowed or be plucked, the woodwind instruments to be blown, and the percussion instruments to be struck.
www.chinesecultureonline.com /en/music.jsp   (206 words)

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