Flower Drum and Other Chinese Folk Songs

Stephen C. Cheng MON71420

Released in 1994, this recording includes popular Chinese folk songs of various types: love songs, humorous songs, drinking songs, lullabies, work songs, shepherds’ songs, children’s songs, philosophical songs and poems. Most of them are sung in Mandarin; the others are in Cantonese. The artist Stephen Chun-Tao Cheng (1923-2012) was an acclaimed international singer, composer, actor, and creator of the Tao of Voice, an East-West approach to singing. Members of the ensemble had performed in Chinese programs at Carnegie Hall and Judson Hall.


"Discovering the east of China: Chinese music in Elementary School"

Year Released 1994
Record Label Monitor Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1994 Monitor Records

Genre(s) World
Country(s) China
Instrument(s) Flute; Gong; San xian; Sheng (Musical instrument); Woodblock
Subject(s) World music

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101 Narcissus / Wagon Driver's Serenade (medley) Stephen Chun-Tao Cheng 3:14
102 Swallow Stephen Chun-Tao Cheng 1:52
103 Flower Drum Song Stephen Chun-Tao Cheng 2:43
104 Picking Tea Leaves and Chasing Butterflies Stephen Chun-Tao Cheng 2:43
105 Two Lullabies: Purple Bamboo / Cantonese Lullaby (medley) Stephen Chun-Tao Cheng 3:35
106 Song of the Hoe (Farmer's Song) / Su-Wu Tending the Sheep (medley) Stephen Chun-Tao Cheng 3:03
107 Mongolian Shepherd's Song Stephen Chun-Tao Cheng 1:55
108 Two Drinking Songs: One Cup of Wine / Ten Cups of Wine (medley) Stephen Chun-Tao Cheng 2:32
109 Ah-Lee Mountain Maiden / Moonlight Bright (medley) Stephen Chun-Tao Cheng 3:25
110 Hung-Tsai Girl / Meng-Chiang's Sorrow (medley) Stephen Chun-Tao Cheng 3:05
111 Looking at My Secret Love Stephen Chun-Tao Cheng 2:52
112 Dragon in the Sky / Little Yellow Oriole (medley) Stephen Chun-Tao Cheng 3:31
113 Little Youthful Bird / Contented Fisherman (medley) Stephen Chun-Tao Cheng 3:27
114 All Red the River Stephen Chun-Tao Cheng 2:12
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