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A concert group play Chinese tradition music instruments

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Twelve member concert group at the Hubei Provincial Museum. The concert is given using reproduction instruments from the tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng, interred ca. 438 BCE during the Warring States Period. Not only the instruments, but also scores for the music played comes from this site. Ancient "long sleeve" dancing was demonstrated.

The concert bell set is unique in that unlike most five tone Chinese bell sets it is capable of playing seven tone western music - "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's ninth symphony was played by this group.

The grave goods found here were truly fit for a king, given to the Marquis by a neighboring ruler of higher rank who was given shelter by M. Li during wartime. After recovering his territory the king gave these gifts to Li. While a marquis would normally rank to have goods in multiples of seven (as for example, a set of seven matching bronze pots), these goods are in multiples of nine, a number that would later be reserved exclusively for the King of all China (the Emperor).

Back row instrumentalists: At left, a bass bell ringer holds his striker, another bell ringer is behind the bell set near the first ringer, and a third is behind the set near the center. Below the standing drum is a percussionist and a stone chime player is to the far right.

Front row instrumentalists:

At left and right are ancient versions of the guzheng, a member of the zither family.

At second from left, it is not clear what instrument this man is playing.

At third from left, this gentleman played a sheng, which is a cylindrical mouth organ with many bamboo pipes, each with a metal free reed.

Fourth from left is the erhu, a two-string bowed instrument.

Fifth from left is a lady with a pipa, while on the table in front of her is (possibly) guqin (see also New York Qin Society page).

Sixth from left is is another lute-like instrument, likely a zhongruan.


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