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. François 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.

中国的音乐因其庞大的人口而包罗万象,而吹打乐是几种传统民俗音乐中型态中较普遍的一种。吹打的字面意思是“吹-打”,指的是根植於农村社群常见的风和打击组合,这种组合经常可在户外见到,有时候在遊行中使用。其中笛子,双簧管,锣和鼓一起形成和谐的节奏和旋律的组合。这些歌曲都与日常活动和特殊节庆有关,譬如婚礼,葬礼和生日。

本专辑记录了中国东部沿海叁省上海、浙江以及福建的吹打传统。法国第一位全职民族音乐学教授弗朗索瓦•皮卡德录製这些音乐并撰写专辑内页,他目前在巴黎索邦大学教书。

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This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available, 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

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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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