The Bone FluteThe discovery of the bone flute traces the origin of music in China to approximately 7,000-8,000 years ago.
The NaoBells were very popular instruments during the Shang Dynasty. Nao were bells typically arranged in sets of 3-5, with the mouths facing upwards, that were decorated with the flattened faces of mythological animals.
Traditional Chinese Bells
The QinThe Qin is a 7-string zither from China. The instrument has been associated with scholars and poets, who, in traditional Chinese culture, were typically male. The sound of the instrument resembles those of many bells playing together. In fact, in around 300 BCE, it was required for men to learn the instrument.
The Music of China
Chinese OperaDuring the Ming and Qing dynasties, Chinese operas gained popularity as China gained influence from foreign religions and cultures. The Beijing Opera became a staple in Chinese culture and remains relevant today.
The Dream in Visiting the Garden"
China's Loss In The Opium WarChina's loss in the Opium war challenged traditional Chinese culture as the West and Japan were taking over. Students were sent abroad to learn about Western advances in different topics such as math and science which in turn began to change traditional Chinese music.
Introduction to Chinese Music