Ellie Mao: An Anthology of Chinese Folk Songs

Ellie Mao: An Anthology of Chinese Folk Songs

Ellie Mao FW08877 / FW 8877

In this charming collection of Chinese folk songs, Ellie Mao surveys the vast landscape of China’s music with her strong voice, from the Himilayas to the Pacific coast. These songs are often passed by word of mouth from generation to generation, sung in the fields, farmhouses, and festivals. Based on her understanding of Chinese culture, Ellie Mao works carefully to preserve the authenticity of the songs. Many of the songs featured in this anthology have appeared in various collections, but often have had no “public” performances, as “professional” folk singers had just begun to emerge in China at the time of this production. These songs were translated into the traditional Chinese dialect so that they could be more easily understood, but Ellie Mao provides listeners with the authentic Sichuanese dialect in several songs [Disc 2, tracks 1, 2, and 3]. The tracks of these albums provide small snapshots of the joy of life that pervades the spirit of the Chinese people, which can transcend the barriers of language.

在这张令人耳目一新的中国民歌合辑中,旅美音乐家毛爱立(注:曾用名:Ellie Mao,现用名:Ellie Mao Mok)用她震撼人心的嘹亮歌声展现了中国音乐从喜马拉雅山脉到太平洋沿岸不同的广袤图景。这些歌曲通常以口头传唱方式代代相传,主要演唱于田地、农场和节日中。毛爱立老师基于她对中国音乐的理解,努力展现了这些歌曲的原真性。这张选集中的许多歌曲曾出现在一些专辑中,但当时的中国才刚刚出现民歌歌手,所以这些歌曲从未在被公开演出过。为了让人们更好地理解这些音乐,它们曾被翻译成不同的方言,这里毛爱立老师用地道的四川话诠释了第二碟中的1、2、3曲目。它们跨越了语言的障碍为我们展现了中国人民精神深处对生活的歌颂。

Year Released 1963
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1963 Folkways Records
Genre(s) World
Country(s) China
Culture Group(s) Han
Instrument(s) Piano; Vocals

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101 The Sweeping Wind (Kanshu) Ellie Mao 1:13
102 In a Far-Away Place (Tsing Hai) Ellie Mao 1:57
103 The Funny Old Man (Tsing Hai) Ellie Mao 1:36
104 Heartache (Ho Tao Region of Inner Mongolia) Ellie Mao 0:34
105 Festive Song (Ho Tao Region of Inner Mongolia) Ellie Mao 1:01
106 The Embroidered Purse (Shansi) Ellie Mao 2:40
107 Digging Potatoes (Shansi) Ellie Mao 1:08
108 Wu-Ke Tends the Sheep (Yulin-Shensi) Ellie Mao 3:33
109 Hanging Red Laterns (Yulin-Shensi) Ellie Mao 2:05
110 Lo-Ho-Ho (Chekiang) Ellie Mao 1:50
111 The Nine-Ring Puzzle (Hupei) Ellie Mao 0:55
112 Clear is the River (Hupei) Ellie Mao 1:11
113 Kite-Flying (Hunan) Ellie Mao 1:33
201 When the Gardenias Bloom (Szechuan) Ellie Mao 1:56
202 Bean Sprouts, Scallions and Garlic Cloves (Szechuan) Ellie Mao 1:38
203 The Washerwoman (Szechuan) Ellie Mao 1:32
204 My Love is Like a Dragon in the Sky (Yunnan) Ellie Mao 1:20
205 The Mule-Driver's Song (Yunnan) Ellie Mao 2:06
206 The Guessing Song (Yunnan) Ellie Mao 1:47
207 Riding Up the Hill (Hsi Kang) Ellie Mao 2:02
208 The Little Birds (Tsing Hai-Uighur Folk Song) Ellie Mao 1:15
209 Song of the Wagon Driver (Sinkiang-Uighur Folk Song) Ellie Mao 0:49
210 The Little Swallow (Sinkiang-Khazak folk song) Ellie Mao 1:42
211 Majira (Sinkiang-Khazak Folk Song) Ellie Mao 1:26
212 The Happy Fisherman (Traditional) Ellie Mao 1:35
213 The Little Cabbage (Traditional) Ellie Mao 1:39
214 The Bamboo Flute (Traditional) Ellie Mao 0:56
215 Flower Drum Song (Traditional) Ellie Mao 1:23
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