Flower Drum and Other Chinese Folk Songs

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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