Sunset Flute and Drum - A Deep Interpretation of the Poetic and Artistic Conception and Music Narration in Ancient Pipa Songs

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"Sunset Xiao Gu", also known as "Xunyang Night Moon" or "Spring River Flower Moon Night", is a highly representative classic of ancient Chinese pipa music. This song showcases the peak charm of pipa music art with its rich artistic expression, deep and graceful melody, and profound poetic connotation.

Sunset Flute and Drum - A Deep Interpretation of the Poetic and Artistic Conception and Music Narration in Ancient Pipa Songs

The inspiration for the creation of "Sunset Flute and Drum" comes from the Tang Dynasty poet Bai Juyi's "Pipa Tour". The music is set against a vivid and delicate painting of a water town in Jiangnan. Through the unique performance techniques and rich and varied musical language of the pipa, it depicts the beautiful scene of boating on the river and the simultaneous sound of the flute and drum from the sunset to the sunrise. The whole piece of music is like a flowing poem, vividly showcasing the beauty of nature's tranquility, the joy of humanity, and the emotions of time passing.

In terms of musical structure, "Sunset Flute and Drum" adopts the cyclic reproduction form of traditional Chinese music, and through multiple variations and developments of the theme, constructs a clear and profound musical landscape. Among them, there is not only the tranquility and tranquility of flowing water and gentle evening breeze, but also the leisurely contentment of fishing boats singing in the evening and drinking alone under the moon, as well as the joyful and lively atmosphere of rippling waves and music, fully reflecting the artistic pursuit of ancient Chinese literati to express their love for mountains and rivers and fable philosophy.

As a treasure of ancient pipa music, "Sunset Flute and Drum" not only carries a profound historical and cultural accumulation, but also a unique embodiment of Chinese classical music aesthetics and humanistic spirit. Its poetic and picturesque melodic lines, spanning time and space, continue to touch the hearts of countless listeners, leading them into that poetic and dreamy world of music.

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Pipa (pinyin: pí pa), the first plucked instrument, is a traditional plucked instrument in East Asia, a plucked stringed musical instrument. Made of wood or bamboo, the speaker is half-pear-shaped and has four strings on the top. It was originally made of silk thread, but now it is mostly made of steel wire, steel rope and nylon.

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