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[14 Apr 2010 | Comments Off on Diplomat Su Wu, Lonely Shepherd of the North | 1,185 views]
Diplomat Su Wu, Lonely Shepherd of the North

It is a widespread famous school song with distinctive ethnic features. It is produced in the early years of Republic of China (1912), became popular in the 20s and 30s of 20th century.

Honestly, I learned this beautiful song/music in primary school and have believed since then this is an ancient song written 2000 years ago in Han Dynasty. I did not realize it is actually not that ancient until I planned this post and searched information online.

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[30 Mar 2010 | One Comment | 1,191 views]
What the Pipa Says: New Age Chinese Music

I am a big New Age music fan. My favorite musician is Yanni. Among Asian New Age musicians, Kitaro is one of the best. However, although New Age music is very popular in China, Chinese musicians have not achieved major success in this relatively new genre, yet, comparing to their famous foreign peers.

There are several promising young musicians who are trying to make some China voice in this field. Li Hai is one of them.

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[5 Mar 2010 | Comments Off on Complete List of Chinese Music Classics of 20th Century w. Video Links | 1,487 views]
Complete List of Chinese Music Classics of 20th Century w. Video Links

I have finished a series of 6 posts about Chinese Music Classics of 20th Century. Now in this post, I removed review commentary and compiled all tables into a complete list.

This is a long list. Indeed, it’s somewhat controversial. But it is still a very good representative list of Chinese Music in the transitional and eventful 20th century. So I am sure you will get a comprehensive understanding of Chinese Music through this list.

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[3 Mar 2010 | Comments Off on Chinese Music Classics of 20th Century – VI/VI: Ballet, Orchestra | 991 views]
Chinese Music Classics of 20th Century – VI/VI: Ballet, Orchestra

Reviewing the above list, we can find it’s roughly objective and representative. Opening up the “classic” heart knot, this list is indeed helpful to establish an overall concept of Chinese music in 20th century.

As painstaking as these efforts are, we can take it as musicians’ “big show of the century”, or a “rewarding ceremony”. Now they are on stage, and we might give them some applauds.

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[8 Feb 2010 | Comments Off on Ten Folk Music for A Happy Chinese New Year | 1,458 views]
Ten Folk Music for A Happy Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) is the happiest moment of year for Chinese people. Happiest moment must have happiest music. Here I selected ten happiest Chinese folk music for you. Wish you a happy new year of the tiger!

Folk festival music, a major tributary of Chinese folk music, has strong characteristics of secular music. It is good at the expression of lively scene of carnival, and rendering festive atmosphere.