This book opens the door on the magnificent living traditions of folk music in rural China. 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. It opens up a country where for the outsider official culture still largely obscures folk traditions, and where revolutionary opera and kitsch urban professional arrangements still dominate our image of Chinese music. The book is in three parts. Part one, The Social Background, discuses the turbulent history of folk ensembles in the twentieth century and the survival of folk ceremonial; part two outlines musical features of Chinese instrumental groups, such as scales, melody, and variation; part three gives practical introductions to some of the diverse regional genres.
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Stephen Jones is presently a research fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.Review:
"The first half of the book constitutes an invaluable survey of instrumental music....Without doubt, this will become required reading for any course on Chinese music at virtually any level."--Choice
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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, 1995. Condizione libro: Very Good. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Codice libro della libreria GRP93350646