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Marquis Yi of Zeng, Chinese Music, ancient China, stringed instruments, music theory

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Chinese Music, music created by Chinese people of different regions, linguistic areas, ethnic groups, and sociocultural backgrounds, in a wide variety of vocal, instrumental, and theatrical genres.

Chinese music has both ancient and modern traditions. The Jiahu bone flutes, found in China in 1999 and which date to 7000 bc, are known to be the oldest surviving playable instruments in the world. The stunning collection of bronze bells, chime stones, drums, and wind and stringed instruments found in the 5th-century-bc tomb of a man known as the Marquis Yi of Zeng revealed ancient China’s rich musical heritage and remarkable achievements in music theory. Today, traditional Chinese repertories are performed alongside modern compositions. Contemporary Chinese popular music, hybrids of indigenous tastes and American popular culture, dominates the mass market in the mainland, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan.

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Zheng, Su, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Music, Wesleyland University. Author of "Claiming Diaspora".



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