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Chinese Kunqu Opera: Peony Pavilion 单雯-青春戏苑

Chinese Kunqu Opera: Peony Pavilion 单雯-青春戏苑

PAIBAN The paiban (Chinese: 拍板; pinyin: pāibǎn) is a clapper made from several flat pieces of hardwood or bamboo, which is used in many different forms of Chinese music. There are many different types of paiban, and the instrument is also referred to as bǎn (板), tánbǎn (檀板, literally "sandalwood clapper"), mùbǎn (木板, literally "wooden clapper"), or shūbǎn (书板). Typical materials used for the paiban include zitan (紫檀, rosewood or red sandalwood), hongmu (红木), or hualimu (花梨木, rosewood), or…

PAIBAN The paiban (Chinese: 拍板; pinyin: pāibǎn) is a clapper made from several flat pieces of hardwood or bamboo, which is used in many different forms of Chinese music. There are many different types of paiban, and the instrument is also referred to as bǎn (板), tánbǎn (檀板, literally "sandalwood clapper"), mùbǎn (木板, literally "wooden clapper"), or shūbǎn (书板). Typical materials used for the paiban include zitan (紫檀, rosewood or red sandalwood), hongmu (红木), or hualimu (花梨木, rosewood), or…

Kunqu Opera - China culture Yu Zhengfei Kunshan, Jiangsu Kunqu Opera is a sort of stage art. Its name suggests that it originates in Kunshan of Jiangsu Province. Originally called "Kunshan Accent" or abbreviated as "Kun Accent", it has been called "Kunqu Opera" since the Qing Dynasty. It is also called "Kun Opera" nowadays. The accompanying musical instrument in Kunqu Opera is  mainly bamboo flute, with Chinese wind pipe, clarionet, Chinese clarinet, and ballon guitar, lute, etc (percussion…

Kunqu Opera - China culture Yu Zhengfei Kunshan, Jiangsu Kunqu Opera is a sort of stage art. Its name suggests that it originates in Kunshan of Jiangsu Province. Originally called "Kunshan Accent" or abbreviated as "Kun Accent", it has been called "Kunqu Opera" since the Qing Dynasty. It is also called "Kun Opera" nowadays. The accompanying musical instrument in Kunqu Opera is mainly bamboo flute, with Chinese wind pipe, clarionet, Chinese clarinet, and ballon guitar, lute, etc (percussion…

As an old Chinese saying goes: one minute of performance on stage, ten years of hard work off stage. #beijing #opera

As an old Chinese saying goes: one minute of performance on stage, ten years of hard work off stage. #beijing #opera

Qudi, China, early 20th century. Transverse, bamboo flute with bone end-caps. Inscribed in red ink with imitation Chinese characters. Twenty-four bands of silk thread coated with black lacquer. Traditionally, a thin, vibrating membrane (dimo) is peeled from the interior of a bamboo stalk and adhered to the flute using peach sap, giving the qudi its characteristic buzzing sound. Longer flutes like this are often played in the kunqu opera, where they are called kundi.

Qudi, China, early 20th century. Transverse, bamboo flute with bone end-caps. Inscribed in red ink with imitation Chinese characters. Twenty-four bands of silk thread coated with black lacquer. Traditionally, a thin, vibrating membrane (dimo) is peeled from the interior of a bamboo stalk and adhered to the flute using peach sap, giving the qudi its characteristic buzzing sound. Longer flutes like this are often played in the kunqu opera, where they are called kundi.

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