QUIZ

  • Hey, do you fancy yourself as a Chinese music expert? It’s time to prove it! Take our 8-questions quiz and you will instantly receive a present for your bravery! Newbies are also welcome to try their luck! You will learn something, guaranteed!

    A lucky draw among all the participants will be held periodically. Winners will get a digital copy of one our marvelous CDs –The Best of Grand Chinese New Year Concert!
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  • 1) Abing, is one of the most important figures in the history of Chinese music. After having lost his mother, he was raised in a Taoist monastery by his foster father. In the monastery, Abing was introduced to music and soon emerged as a talented child. In his 30ies,Abing became addicted to opium and gradually lost his sight after having contracted syphilis. For the rest of his life, Abing earned a living from repairing instruments and performing on the street. Abing’s bumpy life eventually led him to enjoy an extraordinary posthumous fame when researchers from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music decided to record him, unfortunately, just few months before he died.
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  • 2) Most of the instruments featuring in a Chinese orchestra today arrived to China centuries ago from Central Asia. One of these instruments, the pipa, is now one of the most iconic Chinese instruments.
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  • 3) Chinese regional music is a cabinet of wonders. Each province can boast of its extraordinary musical diversity, including instrumental and vocal music. In a hypothetical journey from the North to the South of China, you would be able to listen to thousands of different traditional instruments and to watch countless different performing styles.
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  • 4) The Chinese orchestra includes many different instruments and can be divided into four main sections: bowed string instruments, plucked string instruments, wind instruments and percussion instruments. Among them, there are some instruments borrowed from the Western symphonic orchestra.
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  • 5) In 1978, a group of archeologists made an extraordinary discovery in Sui Country, Hebei. They unearthed a huge instrument made up of 64 bronze bells hung on two sets of thick wood racks. Each bell can play two tones with three degree's interval between them. The instrument is called bianzhong and dates back to the V century BC. It is now displayed at the Hubei Provincial Museum of Wuhan. Similar but smaller bianzhong have been found in other sites. All these instruments were found in tombs as part of the grave goods.
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  • 6) In 1978, a group of archeologists made an extraordinary discovery iMovies can act as springboard or excellent showcase for contemporary music composers and, guaranteed, a pertinent soundtrack will enjoy success generation after generation (Is there anybody who cannot sing the main theme of Chariots of Fire?). Many Chinese composers dedicated themselves to Chinese cinema and wrote memorable scores.
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  • 7) Chinese influences can be noted in the music of many Asian countries, from Mongolia to Korea, from Japan to Vietnam, etc. Variants of some famous Chinese instruments can be found in these countries.
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  • 8) Among the Chinese percussion, there is the muyu (“wooden fish”) a hollow block, often carved and painted red to resemble a fish. It is a popular instrument on the whole Asian continent and can easily be found in Buddhist temples. The monks use the muyu to provide a rhythm as they chant their scriptures.
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