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Music of Tang Dynasty revived

08-06-2010 09:02 BJT

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The Xi'an drum music, which is listed as the United Nation's Intangible Cultural Heritage, is often called a living fossil of human history.

During the Tang dynasty, the heyday of Chinese culture, it was a popular form of court music. At the ongoing World Conference on Music Education, the Xi'an Conservatory of Music is reviving this traditional art on stage.

Xi'an Drum Music, which contains the temperament, tune, and score symbolic of the Tang dynasty court music, is considered to possess both academic and aesthetic value.

Tuesday night's program features string and wind instruments. The musical relic was spread to Chang'an city through the Gansu Corridor and was popular in the capital and court of the Tang Dynasty. The rhythm, dancing style and lyrics are all rich in romantic aesthetic appeal.

At the ongoing World Conference on Music Education, the Xi'an Conservatory of Music is reviving this traditional art on stage.
At the ongoing World Conference on Music Education, the Xi'an Conservatory of Music
is reviving this traditional art on stage.

The Music Conference has displayed many rarely seen performances, which according to the organizer, opens to visitors a window to diversified forms of Chinese music.

Xie Jiaxin, organizer of 29th World Convention of Music ED., said, "China boasts the largest music education system, with the number of teachers exceeding several hundred thousand. Even so, we haven't gotten a full grasp of all Chinese music forms. This program from Xi'an just invites everyone to dig into the wealth of musical heritage."

The World Music Education Conference, which runs until Friday, offers a platform to exchange ideas among music educators from across the globe.

Organizers hope that more programs like this will help people recognize music as a common treasure of the world.


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