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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.
What is the most famous composition for erhu attributed to Abing?
Sai Ma赛马 “Horse Race”
ErQuan Ying Yue 二泉映月 “The Moon Reflected on the Er Quan Spring”
Kong Shan Niao Yu 空山鸟语 “Birdsong in the Mountain”
Shi Mian Mai Fu十面埋伏 “Ambush From All Sides”
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.
What may the world pipa originally refer to?
To the loquat (pipa in Chinese), a fruit originating in Southwest Asia which also arrived to China on caravans.
To an ancient stringed instrument from Middle East whose sound box was covered with goat skin (pi = skin)
To pipa’s most basic playing technique, with pi indicating the movement to strike the strings from right to left, and pa the movement to pluck the strings in the opposite direction.
To the Chinese princess named Pipa who, according to an old legend, was sent to marry a barbarian king and lamented her faith by playing her instrument on horseback.
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.
Can you say which one of these combinations province/ genre is not correct?
Liaoning / nanguan
Zhejiang / Suzhou ping tan
Guangdong / Chaozhou xianshi
Zhejiang/ jiangnan sizhu
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.
Which one of the following Western instruments can frequently be found in the Chinese orchestra?
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.
To whom did the tomb where the 64-bells bianzhong was found belong?
To the Marquis Xian of Jin
To Qin Shihuang, first Emperor of China Choice
To the Marquis Yi of Zeng
To the Marquise Li Cang of Dai
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.
Can you find the only composer who never created a Zhang Yimou’s movie score?
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.
Can you name the closest Vietnamese relative of the guzheng?
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.
According to the popular saying, why was this block conceived in the shape of a fish?
Since fishes are mute and quiet, they have been taken as an example for emulation by the monks
It is a warning to monks: just like those fishes kept in small bowls will remain small, monks who are unable to expand their horizons will remain miserable
Since fishes do not seem to sleep, they have been taken as an example for emulation by the monks
Since fishes have short term-memory and easily forget their joys and sorrows, they have been taken as an example for emulation by the monks
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