|Ladies and gentlemen...|
Today is the last day of our trip around China. We already had a little view of various music styles but it would have take years to get a full tour and we'll have to fly to some other places soon...
We'll finish our journey with some traditionnal Chinese instrumental music, MOONLIGHT ON THE RIVER IN SPRING (China Record Company M-032 from early seventies) played by the Shanghai Traditionnal Orchestra.
The best descritption I could give about this record is a quote found online (from a seller who prabably quoted it from somewhere else).
"Silk-string and Bamboo-wind is a form of Chinese instrumental folk music. It uses mainly silk-string and bamboo wind instruments. This type of music can be found in many parts of China. It is especially popular in the southern part of Kiangsu province. The instruments used are the Er-hu, the San Hsien or 3-stringed lute, the Pipa, the Yangchin, the flute and the Hsiao etc. It has a clear, charming style and a lively free rhythm. The five pieces written on this record show the variety of sound used to create this music. The music is descriptive. On a moon-lit night in spring, a sheer mist covers myriads of flowering trees along the river banks. Silvery waves ripple on the lake. The sounds of bells and drums from a distant temple can be heard now and then in the night air. A small boat appears in the distance. The fisherman is singing his evening song. His oars disturb the placial water and widening rings of water lap at the river banks. Gradually, the boat drifts farther and farther away, the night deepens, the river and all on its banks sink into quietude."
01: MOONLIGHT ON THE RIVER IN SPRING
02: THE SONG OF HAPPINESS
03: SAN LIU
04: CHUN HWA LIU PAN
05: POCESSION SUITE (in 4 parts)
The images are exerpts from Jianzhi
a traditionnal form of chinese papercuts
thanks for flying with KTK