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Woman Playing the PipaThe Music of China is truly one-of-a-kind completely a unique art and very deviant-- truly majestic. Even the Modern Chinese music, in a style, is very much like a Western Modern Music still maintaining its somewhat distinct characteristic.

Traditional Chinese music is ruled by the five musical elements quite distinct from Western music. Another specialization of the Chinese music is that it works on different scale, using a five-tone scale rather than the eight-tone scale of Western World. One cannot also ignore the fact that Chinese music is sung in the Chinese language, that left many, a wonder struck and sometimes considered it, as odd and unimaginable.

Inspire of its odd, unique characteristic, Chinese Music is exotic and awe-inspiring in its own and special way.

Chinese music is basically pentatonic-diatonic, meaning that the basic pentatonic scale can change pitch within a diatonic context. Most of the compositions are stunning pentatonic with diatonic/ brilliant passing tones. Traditional orchestral music is the finest specimen of change pitch and diatonic tones.

Traditional Chinese Music
The modification of pitch, rhythm, beat, tone and the composition in Traditional Chinese music are highly distinctive and different from the Western Music. This is mainly due to the unique sounds and playing styles of traditional Chinese musical instruments.

Chinese musical instruments are classified into 4 categories based on the techniques by which they are played---

Blown, bowed, plucked, and struck instruments.
In Traditional Chinese orchestras, the blending of all the different instruments served to create a harmonious and beautiful auditory atmosphere. Many Chinese instruments can produce purely unique and amazing sounds.

Modern Chinese Music
Popular Modern Chinese Music embodies many countenances of Western music from Electric Keyboards to Guitars.
With the standard drum set, electric guitars, headsets and microphones, outdoor stage, and the excited crowd of fans, the Chinese consort definitely shows the strong influence of Western Culture on the Chinese society.

Modern Chinese Music classifies into --
Soft rock, rocks, or dances music.

Main Instruments in Chinese Music

The seven-five- or ten string zither, Qin, is considered to be the one of the foremost instruments by the scholars. The compositions make use of a wide range of timbre effects. This instrument continues to be the supreme musical representative of the literati culture.

The Zheng is a movable-bridge zither, and the most powerful solo instrument in China. Its repertory ranges widely, from ancient pieces to folk songs, operas, and on to the newly composed music.
This is the most characteristic of the Chinese classical instruments, described in writing as early as the Han Dynasty, and found in variant throughout the area. Instruments of similar heritage and design also includes the Japanese Koto,

The pipa is a large lute-like instrument with large frets and a broad fingerboard. It was introduced into China from Central Asia, prior to the T'ang Dynasty, and has both a "well read" and a "combative" repertory.
Pipa recording illustrates -
Chine: L'art du pipa
Lin Shicheng

Man Playing Erhu Music Xiao
Xiao has developed as a solo repertory. It is a vertically held bamboo flute, and the only instrument appropriate for accompanying the ‘Qin’, as it is suited to music of similar depth and restraint.
The following recording includes some superlative solo tracks--
Chinese Tung-Hsiao
The Art of Tong Ku-Chiun

It is a two-stringed trifles more associated to the lower classes, therefore does not enjoy the same sort of abstract repertory as the other instruments. It got its universal acceptability more in the twentieth century.

Spirit on two Strings, Vol. 1 - Traditional

Chen Jiebing
The Chinese Music considered being supreme due to its unique characteristic. The most significant role for the instrument remains in Chinese Opera, although the solo repertory is also simultaneously developing.

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