Well, today is Chinese New Year!
Maudmaud shared a beautiful video playing the Theme from "Chinese Ghost Story"!
It reminded me I need to brush up on the only Chinese tune I've ever played - "Beauty Song" (Jia Ren Qu) - it's from the film, "House Of Flying Daggers". It's a romantic Chinese film, with twisted plots filled with beautiful imagery and wonderful music - by renown Japanese Composer, Shigeru Umebayashi!
I think it's definitely worth experimenting with - a simple tune that modulates!
Besides Wuxia Romance Films, I'm a big fan of Chinese & Korean Historical Drama, independent film, and also Hong Kong's Stephen Chow films - folklore fantasy infused with comedy (like "Journey to the West" and "Kung Fu Hustle").
From epic to low budget, independent films - all I've watched have been worth it, not only for interesting plot, but for incredible music!
There's a Film called "GOBI: Birth of a Legend" (dubbed in English, FREE at YouTube). It's a Fable specifically about the LOVE OF FIDDLE MUSIC on the Mongolian Plains!
After the king forbids music in his kingdom, his right hand takes over the throne and leaves him to die in the desert. But a group of musicians who secretly kept practicing the art of music aids the king for the final battle to get his kingdom back...
Try some Chinese music, TODAY!
Touhou 6 "Shanghai Teahouse - Chinese Tea" (ZUN)!
OR, CLASSICAL Chinese!
"Butterfly Lover's Violin Concerto" by He ZhanHao & Chen Gang.
Listen & read about it here:
"Chinese folk song theme song 24", performed by the China National Symphony Orchestra!
The Butterfly Lovers Concerto is actually public domain in the US due to a publisher's error: copies of the first edition were sold in the US without proper copyright notice. It is on IMSLP and may be used freely in the US.
Well, a little late for Chinese New Year, but I made an attempt to play "Jia Ren Qu" (Beauty Song - from House of Flying Daggers) on my new Glasser 5-string Viola "Edgar" - he was 2 weeks old & I was just starting to get used to him (and it shows), so just wanted to link it here (post 48) in case anyone down the road wonders if we ever play this music. 😊
Little late, but figured I better link this thread if anyone is considering playing any Traditional Chinese Folk music, on Violin or Viola, into the New Year!