Origins Of Chinese Music (Asiapac Culture) Learn how Chinese musical instruments came about, and stories of legendary musicians / Comic Book

 
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Origins Of Chinese Music (Asiapac Culture) Learn how Chinese musical instruments came about, and stories of legendary musicians / Comic Book // From the early days, musical instruments in China were made from everyday items: hunting tools, trees, bamboo and even bones. During the Zhou Dynasty, there were about 70 instruments. Today, there are hundreds. But have you ever wondered how these musical instruments in China came about? Well, in this book, the evolution of Chinese music over the centuries is examined, from prehistoric times, through the Qin, Han, Sui and Tang Dynasties, all the way to our modern times. In addition, the origins and characteristics of specific musical instruments are explored, yielding insight in one's understanding of these instruments. Legendary accounts related to historical personalities are also featured, including: - How two phoenixes helped Fuxi, the earliest ancestor of the Chinese, add music to the lives of the people. - How the musical talents of some individuals were so high they could sense evil elements in a piece of music. - How Wangzi Qiao became an immortal from playing the sheng. Indeed, this book holds a treasury of fascinating information and stories pertaining to Chinese musical instruments. This is definitely something any music lover should have in his collection. BOOK REVIEW IN LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE, OCTOBER 2007: Learn how Chinese musical instruments came about, and stories of legendary musicians. Another in Asiapac's 'Origins' series, this is an easy read in comic book form. Some stories are fantastical in the extreme, in keeping with myths that go back centuries but because the stories are so brief, the reader is left wanting to know more about certain characters whose lives seem especially tragic or heroic. A good way to kickstart an interest in Chinese literature.

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