HAJI MAJI


THE CHINESE YANGQIN
November 17, 2007, 4:00 pm
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Here’s an excellent recording on the Odeon label featuring the Yangqin, a Chinese hammered dulcimer. The hammered dulcimer is used all over the world; Santur in India, Santoor in Perisa, Santouri in Turkey and Greece and various forms of the Cymbalom used throughout Eastern Europe. The Yangqin is a common instrument in Cantonese “Silk and Bamboo”, a form of folk playing that is closely related to Chinese Opera. I think this may be the only record I have that features the instrument.

The Odeon label included many different forms of Chinese Opera from all over the country. This one, I believe, was recorded in Hong Kong.

>ODEON 206019a

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Hey, I found an Odeon release in a pile of 78s I picked up at the now defunkt lat phrao night market here in Bangkok. Anyway, it really sticks out amongst the 78s I aquired that night. Here are the tracks:

in the singer is quite loud and on the A side is almost unaccompanied. Unsure on what genre this falls into.

Comment by Andrew

Hi Andrew,
your record sounds like Teochew. Many Teochew recordings were made in Singapore and Bangkok.

cheers,
HM

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