|This page introduces a new
section for 2010, and offers not only descriptions and
photographs of Chinese traditional instruments, but
also playlists for direct streaming. This means you
can learn about these interesting instruments and also
hear what they sound like.
This has also allowed us to introduce a 'Top Ten' based
upon what you listen too most each month. This will
commence for August 2010.
Unlike our complementary Instruments section (Which
provides simple listings of all Chinese instruments),
this page introduces the most popular instruments
in greater detail. If you wonder what a 7, 000 year
old instrument made from a lump of rock sounds like
- when played on a Balearics chill track, then listen
to the 'Xun'. Astonishing!
Music and Downloads
| Our main interest
lies in bringing some of these remarkable instruments
to the attention of World Music Media, with the intention
that some performers may decide to use some of them
in place of more mainstream instruments. In particular,
I will mention the erhu in this respect - a version
of a viola, but with such a heart-rending melancholy
in it's tones. We also believe the Xun to be a remarkable
instrument worthy of a larger international audience.
As a final note we would add that Chinese Classical
music includes Traditional songs, Folk music, tunes
from Ethnic Minorities, Chinese Opera, and songs that
are several millennia old!
Chinese Classical (Traditional)
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in its own page:
These songs are regarded as the Chinese Classics
A 2-stringed Chinese bow from Northern China with lively
Classic 2-stringed bow all Chinese people love. Typical
of Chinese bows (Hu), the bow passes between the two
Ancient zither at least 7, 000 years old
A large horizontal harp with moveable bridges that replaces
the Guqin in a lot of modern music
4-Stringed lute and typical of Chinese music
Name for a group of Northern Chinese pipes, normally
of four lengths = bass, tenor, alto and soprano.
Perhaps China's most ancient instument, and one worthy
of inclusion in any modern work. Originally made from
hollowed rock and a little like a conch shell in some
respects. Nowadys often made from Lacquered wood, bamboo,
and especially ceramic with colourful designs.
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section periodically, and as resources become available
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