Folk Music of China: Living Instrumental Traditions

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Clarendon Press, 1998 - Music - 428 pages
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This book opens the door on the magnificent living traditions of folk music in rural China. Stephen Jones's book illustrates the beauty and variety of these folk traditions, from the plangent shawm bands of the rugged north to the more mellifluous string ensembles of the southeastern coast. Working closely with the Music Research Institute in Beijing, Stephen Jones has used his fieldwork in China to write a book offering a rare insight into the riches of these traditions. It opens up a country where for the outsider official culture still largely obscures folk traditions, and where revolutionary opera and kitsch urban professional arrangements still dominate our image of Chinese music. The book is in three parts. Part one, The Social Background, discuses the turbulent history of folk ensembles in the twentieth century and the survival of folk ceremonial; part two outlines musical features of Chinese instrumental groups, such as scales, melody, and variation; part three gives practical introductions to some of the diverse regional genres.

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Contents

Introduction
3
Ceremonial Music
14
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19
Temporary ritual tent Yixian Hebei 1989
20
The Republican Period and the 1950s
33
Instrumental Music since the End of the Cultural Revolution
55
printed scores in cipher notation of Amitabha Buddha and AH Baba
60
Social Aspects of Instrumental Music
72
Shanxi and Shaanxi
213
Catholic ensemble Xinxian Shanxi 1992
216
Xu Yousheng playing small shawm Dongye Shanxi 1992
218
Xian ceremonial music 1950s festival
228
The Daoist master An Laixu
230
drums and large woodblock 1987
234
Manting fang yousheng and huantou
236
Xian Sitting Music 1950s
238

Male and female windplayers from Ziwei village performing for a wedding Lixian Hebei 1989
86
Genres and Instrumentation
91
Shawmplayers at a funeral Yanggao Shanxi 1992
98
Gwawiplayer Baxian Hebei 1989
99
Sheng played by folk Daoist Yanggao Shanxi 1991
100
Dizi and yunluo Qujia ying village Hebei 1987
101
Xiaoplayer Shanghai teahouse 1987
102
Pipa and yangqin Shanghai teahouse 1987
103
Folk Daoist playing ban gu and clappers Pudong Shanghai 1987
105
Ritual percussion ensemble Qujia ying village Hebei 1987
107
Basic Musical Features
109
Village gongche score Hebei showing the melodies Ji shengcao Chu duizi and opening of Kongzi Qi Yanhui
120
The Labelled Melodies
130
Variation Techniques and LargeScale Structure
141
Liaoning and Shandong
157
Shawm band outside gate of funeral home Yanggao Shanxi 1991
158
Hebei Beijing and Tianjin
181
Folk Daoists playing sheng and large guanzi at village funeral Yanggao Shanxi 1991
182
Music Association performing for New Years ritual inside village ritual hall Laishui Hebei 1989
188
Tricks with yunluo at village funeral Xianghe Hebei 1987
201
A village songsforwinds band putting on a show for a festival in county town of Langfang Hebei 1991
202
Shifan genres and Jiangnan SilkandBamboo
246
Folk Daoists playing shawms tang gu and ban gu Shanghai 1987
250
Shifan luogu ensemble 1962
256
Shifan gu ensemble c 1962
258
Silkandbamboo in Huxin ting teahouse Shanghai 1987
274
Silkandbamboo in Shanghai teahouse 1987
275
Nan guan and Other Traditions
286
Procession for goddess Mazu Quanzhou Fujian 1990
291
The Nan guan chamber ensemble performing for a temple festival Quanzhou 1986
301
The sibao clappers of the augmented Nan guan ensemble Quanzhou
302
The Longchui casket Quanzhou 1990
313
Longchui percussion led by footdrum Quanzhou 1990
315
Shiyin ensemble Puxi near Quanzhou 1990
318
Chaozhou Hakka and Cantonese Music
322
Hakka ensemble Dabu 1990
329
Hakka percussion for chamber ensemble Dabu 1990
330
Chaozhou village godprocession 1990
338
Coda
365
GlossaryIndex
403
Descriptive notes to CD
426
Copyright

About the author (1998)

Stephen Jones is one of Britain's most acclaimed anthologists of dark fantasy and horror. He lives in London, England.

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