Chinese Music and Musical Instruments (Paperback)
The history of Chinese music is as vast and diverse as the history of China itself. This book illustrates the development of Chinese music from its early beginnings to the formation of Chinese folk orchestras in the 20th century, and is an essential guide for anyone interested in the development and unique character of Chinese traditional music.
Founded in 1960, China National Orchestra is a state funded Chinese folk orchestra. Noted members include many famous composers, conductors and performers. Due to the prestige of its members the China Central Folk Orchestra is able to perform a great variety of musical pieces in different styles.
Xi Qiang, director of China National Orchestra, is known for mastering various Chinese instruments. He has edited many specialized books and published Collected Papers on Chinese Folk Music and the Instructional Book, A Guide for Young People to Learn Playing the Erhu.