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Culture evolved and grew for nine thousand years, playing a significant role for China’s traditional music in the world history of music. The music of China’s Central Plains deserves the fame of a resplendent star, conspicuous in the world.
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History of the Music at the CentralPlains
Culture evolved and grew for nine thousand years, playing asignificant role for China’s traditional music in the world historyof music. The music of China’s Central Plains deserves the fame ofa resplendent star, conspicuous in the world.

Henan’s music has enjoyed unparalleled development. According tohistory, numerous records talk about the music of the Getian, theoriginal tribes along the Yellow River, the music of Da Xiaeulogizes Yu the Great that subdued the flood, and the Shang peoplethat “Dance constantly at the palace and sing contently indoors”.The music of Zheng Wei, the Spring and Autumn and the WarringStates Periods, was most representative of the new-generationmusic, tirelessly entertaining the audience. In the expansiveCentral Plains, the vivid, enthusiastic folk music, wellestablished, has maintained its dynamism for thousands ofyears.
  
  
The music instruments unearthed in Henan in recent years havedrawn worldwide attention, because of the diversity and quantity.Especially, the instruments from the remote antiquity which accountfor over ninety-percent of the musical instruments found in Henan.They include the Jiahu Bone Flute, with a history of some ninethousand years, unearthed at Jiahu, Wuyang, the Pottery Drum andPottery Xun, with a five-thousand-year history, the Te Chime thatbelongs to the Longshan Culture of about four thousa
nd years ago, the Bronze Bells of the Xia Palace of three thousandyears ago, the Serial Cymbals and the Fish-shaped Chimes of the YinRuins, Anyang. As well as the Chime Bells of the State Ying andState Guo and from the Western Zhou Dynasty, the chimes, bells,drums, se, xiao, qin and sheng. The instruments are not only ofunique configurations, but also have diapasons and standards muchlike that of modern music.
  

The exquisiteness of the craftsmanship and the harmony of theswings represent not only the superior standard of ancient Chinesemusic, but the high potential for research and performance. Thevariety of musical instruments spread in every respect and exhibitsthe wealth information of music available to learn from the remoteantiquity. Chinese musical archaeologist has always been thetreasured, constant pursuit for unaccountable Chinese musicalarchaeologists and temperament specialists to have such an imitatedperformance made utilizing those fine instruments.
  

  

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