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Chinese Instruments and Music

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Chinese Instruments and Music
By Deben Bhattacharya
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Approx. 27 min. ? 

Film documentary by famed ethnomusicologist Deben Bhattacharya. "Chinese Instruments and Music" explores the ancient, delicate integration of music and art with other aspects of Chinese daily life. The history of China is interwoven with the development of music. As far back as the Chou dynasty (1122 to 256 B.C.), there was an Imperial Minister of Music. This film begins with Chinese of all ages at the Great Wall practicing Tai Chi at sunrise. As daylight grows we see people in a park at Hangchow communing with nature as they study birds in cages.

Almost as old as the Great Wall is the Gu-Qin, a box zither is played by an elderly master. Then we're taken to musical instrument factories where master musicians play examples of instrumental music, some on steel wires, some on silk strings and some on reed instruments. The traditional techniques of silk and wire manufacture are examined. The film ends with lyrical nature scenes to the accompaniment of "Two Springs Reflect the Moon," a tranquil composition for stringed instruments. This is a great opportunity to see and hear ancient Chinese instruments such as the erhu. This DVD with English narration was originally filmed in 1983. Performance rights version (for educational institutions).???

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