The People of China: A History Through Music
China, one of the oldest civilizations in the world, developed one of the earliest musical scales and instruments, including the xun , a globular flute. Chinese orchestral, ensemble, and solo instrumental music continues to dominate the world, particularly because of the unique Eastern approach using a four-stage melodic and harmonic design. These musical instrument principles were fully developed during the age of Confucius, or the Pre-Qin period. Further developments led to artistic musical masterpieces that transitioned into the peak of the Chinese classical music era. The common Chinese classical instruments included: silk for stringed instruments, wood for woodblocks, bamboo for flutes, stone for mallet music production, metal for gongs and bells, gourd for reed-free mouth organs, hide for large drums, and clay for xun prototypes. Chinese opera began its influence during the Tang Dynasty, which later spawned into 300 different musical sub-genres. Over the years, Chinese music evolved into a contemporary form that resembles much of Westernized music. Despite this prolonged influence, Chinese music has maintained its traditional, folk, ceremonial, classical and other musical styles unique to the Eastern world.
Pre-War Era Before Mao Zedong:
Post-War Era After Mao Zedong:
Music Influenced by The West: