China: Chuida Wind and Percussive Instrumental Ensembles

Various Artists UNES08209

The music of China is as varied as its enormous population, but chuida is one of several styles of traditional folk music that is widespread. Chuida literally means “breathing-striking” and refers to wind and percussion ensembles rooted in rural communities, often played outdoors and sometimes as a procession. Flutes, oboes, gongs, and drums produce a harmonic mix of percussive and melodic sounds. Songs are tied to daily activities and special occasions, such as weddings, funerals, and birthdays.

This album documents the chuida traditions of three provinces on China’s east coast: Shanghai, Zheijiang, and Fujian provinces. Fran├žois Picard, who recorded the tracks and wrote the liner notes, is France’s first full-time ethnomusicology professor, and he continues to teach at the Sorbonne in Paris.

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This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being re-released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available again, including a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Year Released 1992
Record Label UNESCO
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Copyright 2014 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1992 Auvidis-UNESCO

Genre(s) World
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101 Overture (Yin tou) The Peartree Orchard opera troupe (Liyuan xi) of Quanzhou 4:56
102 Seven modulations (Qi guan fan) The Peartree Orchard opera troupe (Liyuan xi) of Quanzhou 5:37
103 Dressing Pavilion (Shuzhuang lou) The Peartree Orchard opera troupe (Liyuan xi) of Quanzhou 2:52
104 The Prince's Voyage (Taizi you) The Peartree Orchard opera troupe (Liyuan xi) of Quanzhou 2:53
105 Incantation to Guanyin (Guanyin zhou) The Peartree Orchard opera troupe (Liyuan xi) of Quanzhou 2:07
106 Approaching the dressing-table (Bang zhuang tai) South River Chinese Music Association (Jiangnan Guoyue hui) and New Sound Chinese Music Association (Xinsheng Guoyue hui) 4:10
107 Four in one (Luogu sihe) South River Chinese Music Association (Jiangnan Guoyue hui) and New Sound Chinese Music Association (Xinsheng Guoyue hui) 15:36
108 The Great Residence of the Mandarin (Da yuanmen) Bainigan village orchestra 7:46
109 Beautiful flowers (Duhua) Bainigan village orchestra 9:35
110 Summer rain (Xia yu) Bainigan village orchestra 7:08
111 Celebration after a good harvest (Qing feng shou) Bainigan village orchestra 7:39
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