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[6 Oct 2010 | Comments Off on Fisherman’s Nocturne: the Longest Running TV Background Music | 1,283 views]
Fisherman’s Nocturne: the Longest Running TV Background Music

From then on, it became the background music in CCTV Weather Forecast, and has been loved by Chinese people ever since. As the most familiar music of 1.3 billion people and constant running for twenty-six years as background music, it is perhaps the world’s longest running TV program background music.

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[26 Sep 2010 | Comments Off on Three Variations on Plum Blossom: Clear Flower Clear Music Clear Moral | 1,290 views]
Three Variations on Plum Blossom: Clear Flower Clear Music Clear Moral

Three Variations on Plum Blossom, the best classic Chinese music on plum blossom is known to be a flute music first played by Huan Yin of East Jin Dynasty. It was adapted into a Guqin version later.

There is a historical story behind the music about Great General Huan Yin played it for the arrogant noble artist Wang Hui-Zhi. It was noted in a couple of history records.

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[6 Aug 2009 | Comments Off on A Moonlit Night on the Spring River: Music Is Poetry | 4,819 views]
A Moonlit Night on the Spring River: Music Is Poetry

This music is my favorite piece among the “Top 10 Chinese Classic Music” (the 6th one). In 2008, this music was used in the Opening Ceremony of Beijing 2008 Olympic games.
since 1925, this music is renamed as “A Moonlit Night on the Spring River”, which is the name of a poem from Tang Dynasty by Zhang Ruoxu. Unlike infamous poets such as Li Bai, who had written thousands of good poems, Zhang Ruoxu has only two poems documented. However, one is enough, he does not need many.

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[5 Feb 2009 | Comments Off on Top 10 Chinese Classical Music – Part II | 2,878 views]

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“Top 10 Chinese Classical Music – part I” continues
6. Flute & Drum Music at Dusk (夕阳萧鼓)

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One of my favorites. It is one of the most popular Pipa pieces. In 1925,Shanghai Datong Music Society composed the famous “Blossoms on a Spring Moonlit Night ( 春江花月夜 )” based on this ancient Pipa solo.

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[30 Jan 2009 | 14 Comments | 19,802 views]
Top 10 Chinese Classical Music – Part I

Introduction:

Honestly, Chinese classical music is not as good as western music. Its theoretical basis was too poor comparing to western music.  A famous Chinese philosopher Feng, You-Lan said: Anybody who knows both eastern and western music would prefer western music; however, anybody who knows both eastern and western philosophy would prefer eastern philosophy.  So, from this point of view, to know Chinese classical music is a very good way to understand Chinese philosophy, since Chinese music is influenced by the eastern philosophy and integrated into life style of Chinese culture.
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