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Author Jones, Stephen, 1953 September 23-

Title Folk music of China : living instrumental traditions / Stephen Jones
Published Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, [1995]


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Description xxvii, 422 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents List of Musical Examples -- Note on Musical Examples and the Cipher Notation System -- Table of Dynasties and Periods -- Chronology 1911-1989 -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Ceremonial Music -- 3. The Republican Period and the 1950s -- 4. Instrumental Music since the End of the Cultural Revolution -- 5. Social Aspects of Instrumental Music -- 6. Genres and Instrumentation -- 7. Basic Musical Features -- 8. Melodic Repertories: The 'Labelled Melodies' -- 9. Variation Techniques and Large-Scale Structure -- 10. Northern Shawm-and-Percussion Bands: Liaoning and Shandong -- 11. Northern Ritual Ensembles: Hebei, Beijing, and Tianjin -- 12. Northern Ritual Ensembles: Shanxi and Shaanxi -- 13. Southern Jiangsu: Shifan genres and Jiangnan Silk-and-Bamboo -- 14. Fujian: Nan guan and Other Traditions -- 15. Guangdong: Chaozhou, Hakka, and Cantonese Music
Summary This book opens the door on the magnificent living traditions of folk music in rural China. Instrumentalists performing in Chinese villages today are still practising traditions handed down from the temples and courts of imperial times. Stephen Jones's book illustrates the beauty and variety of these folk traditions, from the plangent shawm bands of the rugged north to the more mellifluous string ensembles of the southeastern coast. Working closely with the Music Research Institute in Beijing, Stephen Jones has used his fieldwork in China to write a book offering a rare insight into the riches of these traditions. He does much to dispel our image of Chinese music as consisting largely of revolutionary opera and kitsch urban professional arrangements of folk music, and looks beyond official culture to the true folk traditions
Analysis China
Folk music
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [368]-401) and index
Subject Folk music -- China -- History and criticism.
Instrumental music -- China -- History and criticism.
LC no. 94003457
ISBN 0198162006 (acid-free paper)