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Music of China

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Micaela de Almenara Rodo

on 20 November 2013

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Language, melody and notation
All speech has an element of music on it. as the voice naturally rises and falls the words make rythm patterns. This is particulary true of the Chinese language , which is monosyllabic most of the time. There are similar words which are pronounced in similar way to each other, but the intonation makes them different.
There's no universal way of rhythm, so chinese musicians could only get through a rough idea of reading a pitch. They read it 4 times, it was nearly always used.

Jiangnan Sizhu ensenble music
Jiangnan is a genre of instrumental ensemble music from the villages of Jiangnan in east China (''silk and bamboo'') refers to the silk- stringed bowed and plucked instruments & bamboo - tubed wind instruments which predenominated in this music.
Traditional Sizhu is amateur music performed by groups of friends in tea shops. It used to be played in special ocassions such as weddings, where it would accompaniment the braid. When chinese people hear this music, they're usually smoking or chating in the teashops.

Music, history and ideology
During the Zhou Dynasty, a formal system of court and ceremonial music later termed yayue was established. Music in the Zhou Dynasty was conceived as a cosmological manifestation of the sound of nature that is integrated into the binary universal order of yin and yang, and this concept has enduring influence later Chinese thinking on music.[1] A "correct" music according to Zhou concept would involves instruments correlating to the five elements of nature and would bring harmony to nature.
In 1644, Manchurian rulers took over China and there was a period of peace in which the arts flourished. People began to congregate toward the towns and folk - music influenced court & festival music.

Chuanju Opera
Popular in Sichuan, Guizhou and Yunnan, Chuanju (Sichuan opera) is the major form of local opera in southwestern China. A combination of several local opera forms, such as kunqu, gaoqiang, huqin, tanxi and dengxi, it developed around the middle of the Qing Dynasty. Its most characteristic feature is its high-pitched singing style. The repertoire is very rich, totaling over two thousand items. The scripts are of high literary value and are noted for their humor. The acting style is meticulous and very expressive
The Chinese civilization is one of the oldest in the world. And the music was developed before a lot of countries.
This music is known because was always inspired on nature.
Music for Chi'in is very complicated as players have to read characters telling them which string to use (7strings), which finger to use, and how the note is to be played. The strings are tuned in a pentatonic scale.

important things about history
Chinese musical instruments can date from several thousands years ago. Each of them produce a different sound and effect that makes them unique to sound. These musical instruments play an important part in Chinese culture
some instruments...
Erhu- chinese two string fiddle
Guzheng- chinese sither
Xiao- vertical end-blown flute
Pipa- chinese lute
Sheng- mouth blown free reed instrument
Made by: Micaela de Almenara
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