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Xi’an Drum Music

Xi'an drum music(西安鼓乐), also known as Chang'an Ancient Music, Xi'an ancient music, music of ancient Xi'an. It is a large drum music spread for thousands of years in Xi'an (the ancient Chang'an) and the surrounding area. It originated in the Sui and Tang dynasties, after the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing, it has remained fairly complete repertoire, spectral type, structure, and musical instruments playing form and it is the best preserved ever found and one of the major kinds of folk music in China. Xi’an drum music is an important relics of ancient Han Chinese music. The international music industry and historians praised it as the "living fossil of ancient Chinese music."

Tracing its history, to analyze from the structure, sheet music, song title, using the instrument and other aspects, Xi’an drum music are inextricably linked with the Tang Yan music. According to the analysis of the study data, Xi'an Drum music possibly originated from the Tang Dynasty, started in the Song Dynasty and prospered in Yuan and Ming dynasty and thrived in Qing Dynasty. After thousands of years of practice and development, especially the impact of opera music in the Ming and Qing dynasty, Xi’an drum music gradually formed a complete set of large-scale national classical music forms. Chang’an drum music still has preserved the most traditional drumming performance form, structure, musical instruments, tunes and spectral type.

Xi'an drum music is an important relics of ancient Chinese music. Its unique complex curved body and a rich feature set of music exchange, melodic and instrumental configurations become the ancient Chinese art of music mystery of precious evidence. It’s a lot of mass spectra tracks enrich the Chinese music culture treasure, and it will play an important role in the further development of Chinese national music culture.

The conservation status of Xi'an drum music are not optimistic, as there are only 13 drum civil society in Xi’an, a total of only more than 200 musicians, drum specialists in Xi'an no more than 10. Even more frightening is that, although there are more than 1000 pieces of music has been handed down, of which nearly two hundred have been translated, but no society can play a drum over 15 tracks, which requires the efforts of generations.

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