Traditional Chinese Music for Guitar

Fernando Perez

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"If a sound could express a mountain´s mightiness, the vast depth of the ocean, the harmony of a tree swinging with the wind, or the intensity of silence, we would find it in Chinese music. " Fernando Perez

1- White Snow in the Spring Sunlight From the early Ming dynasty, this cheerful tune portrays a vivid scene in early spring, when the first green and flowers appear after a long cold winter. The snow covers and protects the plants and raises hopes for rich harvests in the coming year.

2- Honghe Yejing (Red River) Inspired in a folk melody from the Yi people it describes a romance by the Red river.

3- High Mountains and Flowing Water The story of woodsman Zhong Ziqi and Guqin master Yu Boya is the symbol of true friendship in China. Two friends understanding each other. When master Yu played expressing the sound of the mountains Ziqi without knowing Yu´s intentions exclaimed "how magnificent are the mountains", when Yu played the sound of water Ziqi understood the motion and mood of water. Even though Yu was reluctant to find an understanding friend in a woodsman, after his comments an exemplary friendship begun.

4- Drunken Singing Night Fishing Composed by a poet from theTang dynasty while he was enjoying a boat ride and saw a drunken fisherman who was singing.

5- Heroic Little Sisters on the grassland This composition tells the epic story of two Mongolian girls Long Mei and Yu Rong. Walking in the fields, caring for their herd, facing a terrible storm and marching throughout the freezing night to end up blossoming in a new day.

6- The Grand Hujia (excerpt) Cai Wenji from the Han dynasty was captured during a war while out of the Great Wall. A long time later when she came back home it was too late to see her family again. With the grief in her heart she composed a poem called The Grand Hujia.

7- Moonlight over the river in Spring Jiangnan, its villages and waters are model for the most charming Chinese paintings. This composition is also inspired by its beauty.

8- Great waves sweeping away sand One again Chinese music gets inspiration from nature, expressing its wonders hidden in the simplest things.

9- Yi people The Yi people live in the mountain areas of Southwest China. They are mainly farmers and herdsmen. This dance is about love and courtship.

10- Chai Tou Feng In the garden of Shen Yuan there are two poems. Lovers longing for each other only able to reciprocate with words. Lu You he wrote first. Then she found his words during a stroll in the garden. With tears in her eyes Tan Wan wrote an answer. But that was as close as they would ever get…

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