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The Music of Asia. A BREIF overview. Asia has many countries and each has a unique mix of sounds and styles. We will only look at China, Japan , and Indonesia . Realize that these are just brief looks at the surface of music in Asia!. China. Chinese culture reaches back to 2000 B.C. \

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the music of asia

The Music of Asia

A BREIF overview

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Asia has many countries and each has a unique mix of sounds and styles.

  • We will only look at China, Japan, and Indonesia.
  • Realize that these are just brief looks at the surface of music in Asia!
china
China
  • Chinese culture reaches back to 2000 B.C. \
  • They invented the compass, gunpowder, paper, and printing
  • Their music in characterized by heterophony and the pentatonic scale
silk and bamboo
Silk and Bamboo
  • Sizhu (SUH-droo) music played in tea houses
  • a “jam session” with instruments like the erhu and dizi
  • Northern Chinese villages often have suona (so-nah) players.
  • Chinese opera is popular in the cities
  • Opera singers sing with tense-Guttural sounds
chinese instruments
Chinese instruments
  • Erhu (ur-hoo): Two string fiddle that rest on the player’s knee
  • Pipa: 4 or 5-string lute held like a small cello
  • Dizi (dee-zee): bamboo flute that buzzes like a kazoo
  • Yangquin (yahn-chin): hammered dulcimer
  • Sheng (shung): small bamboo pipes bound in a circle.
  • Chinese Pop Music: Cui Jian
japanese taiko
Japanese Taiko
  • Taiko: a drum ensemble that blends martial arts and music
  • Taiko drums were used in religious ceremonies and in battle to frighten the enemy and issue commands
japanese instruments
Japanese Instruments
  • Shamisen: three stringed guitar that is plucked
  • Koto: a 13 string instrument that is plucked with finger picks. The koto is Japan’s national instrument.
  • Shakuhachi: a bamboo flute
  • An ensemble of Shamisen, Koto, and Shakuhachi is called a sankyoku.
music of thailand
Music of Thailand
  • There are three major types of classical music in Thailand: Piphat, KhruangSai, and Mahori.
  • Most of the music has small ching hand cymbals and wooden sticks to mark the beat.
  • The Qeej
  • Khong Wong is a circle of gongs similar to the instruments of the Indonesian Gamelan
indonesian gamelan
Indonesian Gamelan
  • A gamelan is a set of gong instruments that are struck with padded sticks
  • Gamelan is mainly from the islands of Bali and Java
  • A gamelan cannot be separated into individual instruments or interchanged
  • Gamelan music uses unique scales, or sets of notes, that sound strange to our ears.
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