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Introduction of Music
Harmony between Man and God
The tune describes Emperor Shun exchanged confidences with the gods during religious ceremonies.
Pray for a Good Harvest
Ancient music culture has the characteristic of the combination of song, dance and music. The tune reflects the ancestors grasped some knowledge of agriculture, stockbreeding and the order of nature.
The tune was produced when the king of Zhou gave a dinner in honour of ministers. It expresses ancient kings' good ideas of receiving worthy persons and adopting good bachelors.
The Crane Screams
"Stones from other hills may serve to polish the jade of this one." The music expresses that the king of Zhou was keen to receive worthy persons and adopting good bachelors.
The Waterside of Qi River
Appreciating this tune, we can be led to the Qi River bend over two thousand years ago. At that time people regarded the images of elegant gentleman of the Wei State as their ideal realm of life.
The tune describes a youth infatuated with a beautiful girl and seeks for her on the waterside in late autumn.
Black Bird here is the black swallow. The tune is the songs of extolling King Wu Ding of Shang Dynasty by his offspring.
The tune is performed on the gu qin instrument. Chinese orchids have clear colored flowers and finely organized foliage, possessing a placid and charming quality. The music is used to convey the characteristics of orchids to listeners. Some think that it is the earliest existing music book.
Prelude of Apotheosis
The music, also called Diemeng Yin, tells the story that Zhuang Zhou dreamed to be a butterfly. The euphemistic melody played usually represents fine and smooth feelings.
Song of Ancient
The music is recorded in The Mysterious Music Score of Ming Dynasty. It has a long history and bright melody.
The name of the music originates from the literary quotation that Confucius edited The book of Yi.
The Moon over the Pass and Mountain
The music describes a magnificent scene. It expresses that the ancient officers and soldiers defending the frontier miss their families and homes in the moonlight.
Three Variations on the Tune lum Blossoms
The tune is an ancient piece of Chinese music. It is also called Meihua Yin (The Prelude of Plum Blossom), or Yufei Yin (The Prelude of Yufei).The earliest music score was found in The Mysterious Music Score of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644AD). The general melody of the music is composed of extensive notes and it repeats three times in three different pitches.
Qu Yuan Asking about the Ferry
The tune reflects the great patriotic poet Qu Yuan's gloomy mood after banished as well as his felling of Despair and indignation when drowning himself in the Miluo River.
Wild Geese Landing on the Sandbank
The tune is by far the most popular and exists in different versions. It was first published in the Gu Yin Zheng Zong (Orthodox Qin Manual) of 1634. It reflects the scholar have lofty aspiration.
Elegies of Chu
The tune has drawn its material from the famous history event of the struggle between Chu and Han. It reveals perplexing emotional world of Xiang Yu.
"Merrily the ospreys cry. On the islet in the stream. Gentle and graceful is the girl. A fit wife for the gentleman." The love song was created in the area of southern Henan and northern Hubei. It expresses that the young gentleman seeks for the graceful and beautiful girl.
Song which Made an Apart Couple Meet Again
The tune describes the story of Baili Xi and his wife, Baili Xi was the famous official of Qin State in Spring and Autumn Period.
Central China ancient music has a history of nine thousand years. Making use of musical cultural relics, we will appreciate the flute's sound played by our ancestors in a prehistoric period, the girls' songs in the palaces of the Xia and Shang dynasties, the mellifluous bell sound played in the city of the Zheng State, the drum sound of the capital of the Chu State in Xinyang, etc. By using history and antiques as a mirror, we can hear the voices in our ancestors' soul.
About the Instruments
Neolithic Period Unearthed at Jiahu site, Wuyang
The flute was made by the leg-bone of a crane with seven drilled holes on it dating back to 8,700 years ago. Tone-testing indicates that the flute is the ancient descending scale with the complete seven tones.
Grey Pottery Xun
Shang Dynasty Unearthed from the tomb of Fu Hao, Yin Ruins, Anyang
Pottery Xun firstly appeared 6,000 to 7,000 years ago. The grey pottery Xun of the illustration dating back to about 3,000 years ago has a flat bottom in the shape of an egg and basically symbols the main form.
Spring And Autumn Period Unearthed from the Chu tomb of Xiasi, Xichuan
The paixiao (Pan's Piples) was made by one whole stone in the shape of a bird's wing, consisting of 13 pipes of different length. The size of the thinnest pipe wall is only 0.1 cm. The carved diagonal design on it simulates the straps used for fasting pipes of bamboo-made Paixiao. The holes on each pipe have a different depth for pitch.
Wang Sun Gao Bronze Chime Bells
Spring and Autumn Period Unearthed from the Chu tomb of Xiasi, Xichuan
The set of bronze bells is composed of 26 Yong Bells. Of the musical bells of the Spring and Autumn Period unearthed in China, they are the largest in number and the biggest in scale. It covers a large range of musical tones and indicates that Chinese musical culture had reached a very high level in the Chu State. The inscription of 113 characters carved on the bells says "The owner has made this set of chime bells as a tribute to Emperor of Chu and for the entertainment of honored guests."
Wang Sun Gao Qing chime stones
Spring And Autumn Period Unearthed from the Chu tomb of Xiasi, Xichuan
The Qing is a kind of stone-made percussion instrument. The tune of Qing chime stones is pitched by the different size of the stone. The set is composed of 13 chime stones with the chime bells of Wang Sun Gao. The number of duplicate Qing chime stones is expanded to 26 pieces to consummate their semitones.
Fish-shaping Qing chime stone
Shang Dynasty Unearthed from the western tomb area, Yin Ruins, Anyang
The Qing, with a history of more than 3,000 years, has a black grey colour and the shape of a fish. A hole is drilled on the fish head to hang. It has a harmonious sound. This kind of upright Qing is the unique style of Central Plains in ancient China.
Bian Zhong Bells from Xinzheng
Spring And Autumn Period Unearthed from bronzes cellar at Xinzheng
Over 260 bells being hung on over 10 racks have been excavated from Xinzheng since 1996. Their hang ruler of the bells is consisted of 20 pieces of Niu bells and 4 pieces of Bo bells. The set of bells has the ancient descending scale with the complete seven tones. They produce melodious and varied rhythm. This set of bells has far greater progress in tone scale arrangement than before.
Wood Drum with Tiger-shaped Stand
Warring States Period Unearthed from Changtaiguan, Xinyang
The drum, dating back to more than 2,000 years ago, was made of a phoenix tree and decorated with cloud design in black and red colour. Its stand is formed by two tigers opposite each other and decorated with fish scale and scroll cloud designs. Two feet of a phoenix on the back of tigers are used for supporting the drum.
Qin in the Shape of Plantain Leaf
Qin is an ancient music instrument to sound by plucking the strings. It was said that Fuxi and Shennong invented Qin instrument. Through the ages ,scholars have selected studying Qin as a required course. Lying stress on boundless and occult state with rich expression power is characteristics of Qin. The tune of classic beauty embodies profound Chinese culture and deep national marrow.
Spring and autumn period
Unearthed from Hougudui, Gushi
Se is the earliest stringed instrument recorded on Chinese history. Six wood Se instruments were excavated from the tomb of Hougudui. The Se has a length of 1.9 metres and 19 strings ,and is made of one whole Chinese parasol wood. The body is decorated with ten coiled snake design in relief.
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