China: Chuida Wind & Percussive Instrumental Ensembles

Performers Various Artists

October 1, 1999 | Compact Disc

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Large musical ensembles existed at the Chinese Imperial court more than 1,500 years ago -- long before they existed in Europe. These ensembles included strings and/or wind instruments, as well as an important number of percussions. This CD presents what is called Chuida music (although other names exist), which combines wind and percussion instruments. It is a type of music that is in fact little known by most people in China today. It is a more than 1,000 years old tradition that is kept alive by small communities. Three different kinds of Chuida music appear on this CD. The first one is from the city of Quanzhou, and is considered as issued from the original court music. The second one is from Shanghai and was originally performed in tea houses and social clubs. The third one from Bainigan comes from an old oral tradition, the origin of which is lost. Recently, string instruments have been incorporated to some of these ensembles. This is a very unusual type of music for Western ears, yet it is a tradition that deserves to be kept, retained, and paid attention to. ~ Bruno Deschˆnes

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 1, 1999

Genre: Chinese

Style: International

Number of Discs: 0

UPC: 3298490082096

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China: Chuida Wind & Percussive Instrumental Ensembles

Performers Various Artists

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 1, 1999

Genre: Chinese

Style: International

Number of Discs: 0

UPC: 3298490082096


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Large musical ensembles existed at the Chinese Imperial court more than 1,500 years ago -- long before they existed in Europe. These ensembles included strings and/or wind instruments, as well as an important number of percussions. This CD presents what is called Chuida music (although other names exist), which combines wind and percussion instruments. It is a type of music that is in fact little known by most people in China today. It is a more than 1,000 years old tradition that is kept alive by small communities. Three different kinds of Chuida music appear on this CD. The first one is from the city of Quanzhou, and is considered as issued from the original court music. The second one is from Shanghai and was originally performed in tea houses and social clubs. The third one from Bainigan comes from an old oral tradition, the origin of which is lost. Recently, string instruments have been incorporated to some of these ensembles. This is a very unusual type of music for Western ears, yet it is a tradition that deserves to be kept, retained, and paid attention to. ~ Bruno Deschˆnes