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“Jasmine Flower” (茉莉花)

December 7th, 2011 No comments

Yu Hongmei 于红梅 Erhu 二胡
Zhao Cong 赵聪 Pipa 琵琶
Chen Yue 陈悦 Dizi 笛子
Ji Wei 吉炜 Guzheng 古筝

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"茉莉花 (Molihua)" / "Jasmine Flower," a piece of Chinese culture that has taken root around the world

January 19th, 2010 5 comments

Chinese culture is rich and amazing. Did you know that the main melody at the 2008 Beijing Olympics medal ceremonies were composed using only musical instruments that were made 2,450 years ago? That melody was a version of “茉莉花” or “Jasmine Flower.” It was adapted by famous Chinese composer Tan Dun and Wang Hesheng (of the Chinese Army orchestra) using the ancient instruments for the 2008 Olympics medal ceremonies. According to this China Daily article, “Classical piece will ring in ears of winners“:

“The main melody, which Tan described as “glorious, heartwarming and full of respect”, was recorded using the digital recording of a 2,450-year-old bell set excavated from a site in Hubei.”

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