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[31 Jul 2010 | Comments Off on Lei Zhenbang: Master of Chinese Folk Music and Film Soundtracks | 1,014 views]
Lei Zhenbang: Master of Chinese Folk Music and Film Soundtracks

In the previous four posts about Chinese music, I introduced four most popular representative works written by Composer Lei Zhenbang. Today in this post, I’d like to summarize these posts and tell you something about the composer Lei Zhenbang himself.

Lei Zhenbang’s Most Popular Works: …>>

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[18 Jul 2010 | Comments Off on The Folk Song is Just Like Spring River: Legend of Liu San-Jie | 2,819 views]
The Folk Song is Just Like Spring River: Legend of Liu San-Jie

This folk song was a theme song in a popular movie “Liu San-Jie” in the 1960s.

According to legend, in Tang Dynasty there was a peasant girl in south China named “Liu San Jie” who loved to sing folk songs. Young guys within a radius of hundred miles came here singing in antiphonal style to ask for her love, but she fell in love with Li Xiaoniu of her village.

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[27 Jun 2010 | Comments Off on Wedding Oath – A Lusheng Love Song | 847 views]
Wedding Oath – A Lusheng Love Song

In the early years after establishment of New China (1949), many movies were produced based on stories of certain minority ethnic groups. Although these movies had different themes, depicted different figures, presented different times, they all spontaneously showed the simplicity of the folk customs, beautiful minds, and unique ethnic tradition of singing and dancing of these minorities to broader Chinese audience.

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[8 Jun 2010 | Comments Off on Why Are the Flowers So Red? | 2,409 views]
Why Are the Flowers So Red?

“Why Are the Flowers So Red” was originally an interlude in a popular 1960s spy movie “Visitors on the Icy Mountain”. It was based on an old Tajik dance music. In order to allow the music to reveal a sense of time and space, Composer Lei Zhenbang appropriately slowed down the speed of the original music in the process of adaptation. The music after adaptation has a kind of feeling of distant and vast space.

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[17 May 2010 | Comments Off on By the Butterfly Spring: Tale of Five Golden Flowers | 1,062 views]
By the Butterfly Spring: Tale of Five Golden Flowers

“By the Butterfly Spring” is an interlude song from the romantic comedy film “Five Golden Flowers” produced by Changchun Film Studio in 1959.

The movie told the love story of a pair of Bai youth who made promise of love through antiphonal singing by the butterfly spring in Dali, Yunnan. At that time, the unique tradition of Bai people expressing love through antiphonal singing was still quite unfamiliar to other Chinese ethnics.