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Ancient music concert held in Jietai Temple

06-05-2012 10:57 BJT

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Jietai Temple the popular tourist attraction in western Beijing, is a Tang Dynasty Buddhist temple. Tourists usually flock there for Buddhist ceremonies. But over the weekend, they gathered there for another purpose - a concert featuring ancient music.

The concert starts with a Suona solo. With this very expressive reed instrument, the artist plays a vigorous, piping tune imitating the chirping of a kalavinka, an Indian bird said to possess a voice more beautiful and melodious than any other bird.

Jietai Temple the popular tourist attraction in western Beijing, is
a Tang Dynasty Buddhist temple. Tourists usually flock there for
Buddhist ceremonies. But over the weekend, they gathered there for
another purpose - a concert featuring ancient music.

Then a performer wearing an exquisite gown with long sleeves leads the audience into the world of Peking Opera.

After that, the unique floating sound of the seven-stringed ancient instrument, the Guqin, transports the audience back to ancient times.

Yang Qing, artist, said, "The Guqin was a very popular instrument in ancient China. Being the oldest string instrument, it's sometimes referred to by the Chinese as "the father of Chinese music". It has traditionally been favored by scholars such as the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius."

The ancient music and the over one-thousand-year-old temple are a perfect match.

Jietai Temple the popular tourist attraction in western Beijing, is a
Tang Dynasty Buddhist temple. Tourists usually flock there for Buddhist
ceremonies. But over the weekend, they gathered there for another
purpose - a concert featuring ancient music.

Jietai Temple the popular tourist attraction
in western Beijing, is a Tang Dynasty Buddhist
temple. Tourists usually flock there for
Buddhist ceremonies. But over the weekend,
they gathered there for another
purpose - a concert featuring ancient music.

 

Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CNTV.CN

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