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[28 Oct 2010 | Comments Off on Bianzhong of Marquis Yi of Zeng: Heaviest Instrument in the World | 2,985 views]
Bianzhong of Marquis Yi of Zeng: Heaviest Instrument in the World

The excavation of Bianzhong shocked the archaeologists around the world, because two thousand years ago, it is extremely rare in the history of world culture to have such a beautiful instrument, such a magnificent band. The successful casting of Bianzhong not only shows China’s great achievements in bronze casting technology, but also shows China’s level of development in ancient musical temperament. It is a crystallization of high wisdom of ancient Chinese people, and a pride of the Chinese nation.

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[14 Apr 2010 | Comments Off on Diplomat Su Wu, Lonely Shepherd of the North | 1,201 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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[3 Mar 2010 | Comments Off on Chinese Music Classics of 20th Century – VI/VI: Ballet, Orchestra | 1,000 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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[12 Jan 2010 | Comments Off on Chinese Music Classics of 20th Century – V/VI: Chamber, Concerto, National Orchestra | 1,652 views]
Chinese Music Classics of 20th Century – V/VI: Chamber, Concerto, National Orchestra

Once the list was published, the Central Conservatory of Music was commissioned to collect information for later text, sound publication. Then the first published plan was on the “People’s Daily” overseas edition. On June 5 1993 in Beijing, the official awarding ceremony was held at the Great Hall of the People. Representative works from Mainland China, Hongkong, Taiwan were performed at the opening ceremony.

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[11 Dec 2009 | 3 Comments | 1,018 views]
Chinese Music Classics of 20th Century – IV/VI: Instrumental Solo

In previous sections, we have covered Songs, Choir and Operas. You probably had difficulty in enjoying them since they are all vocal music in Chinese language. Since today, the other sections are going to be mainly instrumental music. Hopefully it will be easier for you to enjoy them.