Peking Opera

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Oxford University Press, 1997 - Music - 72 pages
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Born in the grandeur of the Qing dynasty, Peking Opera is known the world over for its lively music, colourful costumes, and thrilling displays of acrobatic prowess. Although reflective of the many changes that have occurred in Chinese society, Peking Opera today retains the drama and action that have charmed generations of audiences. Peking Opera's success rests on a fine integration of performance, plotting, and music. This illustrated introduction traces the developments of the genre from its roots in Chinese folk and high-art dramas to its situation in the present day. It features explanations of the opera's common character types, short descriptions of selected pieces, and discussions of the common stage settings and music that support the performance art.

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About the author (1997)

Colin Mackerras is Foundation Professor and Head of the School of Modern Asian Studies, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.

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