Various Artists: Treasures Of Chinese Instrumental Music: Ensemble, Wind & Percussion

Treasures Of Chinese Instrumental Music: Ensemble, Wind & Percussion

Various Artists

Xi'an Guyue
Xi'an Guyue is spread in the urban district of Xi'an and along the Zhongnan Mountain.  It is an art of Shaanxi province with long history.  Although it is merged with wind instruments and percussions, it belongs to xiyue which means music of fine and soft.  The performing teams and groups are called Xiyueshe or Guyueshe.  Their activities are always associated with celebrations and festivals.  Every year when the slack season comes, the Xiyueshe and Guyueshe will have their competition games the Temple Fair Festival which become a civilization activity in tradition.  It's performing layout including the sitting format and the marching format.  The instruments for the sitting format are dizi, sheng, guanzi, zheng, pipa, drums, double yunluo, cymbals, luos, jingle, small bell and wooden block.  While the marching format besides using the aforementioned instruments, they also use additional drums, luos and wooden block.

Jiangzhou Guyue
Jiangzhou Guyue is named according to the place it spread.  Jiangzhou is now called New Jiangzhou which is in Shanxi province.  The wind and percussion music in Jiangzhou is also called Jiangzhou Dagu which reflects the primitive civilization and it's reviving.  The art of Jiangzhou's drum music is brought down from the ancient times and through reforming, it develops to a satisfactory manner nowadays.  It is now identified as "the drum can talk".

Sunan Chuida
The traditional music of wind and percussion known as chuida is widely spread in China.  It is classified into the southern and northern types.  Spreading along the southern part of Jiangsu province is called Sunan Chuida and is belong to the southern type.  This kind of music is generally named Shifan Luogu and is always performed by the professional folk musician group which is called Chuida.  Another kind performed by the Buddhists and Taoist is called Fanyin.  Shifan Luogu is developed from the Santao of certain drum paragraphs linked together or just from the small chuida.  It can be classified to Qing Luogu of the pure percussion and the Sizhu Luogu of the percussion together with wind and string instruments.  It is mainly the recreation activities for the people, sometimes also play in the celebrations and festivals.  Of course, the religious activities of the Buddhists and Taoist are also used it.

Shanxi Chuida
Shanxi Chuida is the wind and percussion music of the northern China.  It is loud and open which is widely spread in Wutai, Xin county, Yuanping and Dingxiang.  It is developed from linking certain qupais to form a suite.  The number of qupais used is depended on the performers and they sometimes add paragraphs of percussion performance into it.  The suite is named by using one of the qupai's name mostly use the first one.  Its instruments include suona, guanzi, dizi, sheng, big drum, cymbals and string instruments.

Track List


  • 01.  San Liu
  • 02.  Night Is Deep
  • 03.  A Wordless Song
  • 04.  Clouds Chasing The Moon
  • 05.  Listening To The Pines
  • 06.  There's A Golden Sun In Beijing
  • 07.  Forgetting The Vulgar Ideas
  • 08.  Yu Jiao Wen Da
  • 09.  Song Of Happiness
  • 10.  Spring Is Coming
  • 11.  Wandering
  • 12.  Happy Night
  • 13.  Evening Song In The Fishing Boat


  • 01.  The Tiger Grinding Its Teeth
  • 02.  Quarrelling Ducks
  • 03.  Sound Of Water Drops
  • 04.  Drum Poem
  • 05.  King Qin Counts The Soldiers
  • 06.  Mouse Marriage
  • 07.  Gun He Tao
  • 08.  General's Orders
  • 09.  Grand Victory
  • 10.  The King Of Qin In Battle
  • 11.  Celebration At The Reservoir
  • 12.  The Triumphant Song Of Fisherman
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