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Guangdong Music

Guangdong Music is a kind of Guangdong local folk music and is formed by the tune of Guangdong local opera, which has absorbed the essence of ancient music of Central Plains, Kunqu opera and local opera of south of the Yangtze River. It fundamentally belongs to ensemble of traditional stringed and woodwind instruments, one kind of traditional instrumental music. In 1860, its own features came into being. At the beginning of 20s of the 20th century, it developed into a new music form composed of percussion instrument, whose main instruments are Erxuan, Guangdong Violin, Sanxuan, Hengjian (or Houguan), or whose main instruments are Yehu, Dongjian Pipa (or dulcimer, Zheng), or whose main instruments are Suona Horn and Houguan. Grace note and "Jiahua" are adopted as play skills. The music and its features produced by these instruments and play skills are different from other music.
Guangdong music is good at absorbing essence from other brother folk music and western music and bringing forth new ideas. Its rhythm is fresh and lively; its melody is exquisite and touching; its tone color is clear and melodious. It was once called "glass music" by foreigners.

Guangdong music is titled music, most pieces of which are produce works of music. More than one thousand pieces of Guangdong music have its own music score. Such condition is very rare among domestic folk music. Famous pieces include " Thunder in Dry Days", "Rain Striking Plantain", "Hungry Horse Shaking Bells", "Rise Step by Step", and so on. Guangdong music is not only popular among local people, but also welcomed by overseas people.

Famous Works

Rain Striking Plantain

It is one of the most famous works of Guangdong music and has been changed into the names of the tunes to which Qu are composed. According to textual research, it is the work of He Family. It is one of the most representative pieces of Guangdong music with rich sentiment of south of the Five Ridges.

Autumn Moon on the Calm Lake

It is also called " Zui Tai Ping". In the 30s of the 20th century, famous musician, Lv Wencheng, wrote this gentle piece to describe the beautiful scene of the West Lake in the night, and to praise the nature after visiting the West Lake in Hangzhou. It is a fine piece of lyrical music.