April 1, 2008, 8:51 pm
Filed under: China | Tags:


According to the WordPress Blog statistics, the most common search term that brings people to this blog is “Teochew Opera”. So here’s another one for the Teochew fans out there.

A common complaint is that all Teochew Opera sounds the same (which has some truth to it) but this record certainly stands out …I’m not sure what to say except that this is a very unusual sounding record!

The title is Tio Mou Seng Tong Sok (Man Trapped in Snow).

UPDATE: Reader Javier Li Yong-En (and her Mom!) informs us that the trumpet sound here is a Har To (or Hao Tou) which is commonly used to accompany onstage action in military or court scenes. She adds that this is a recording by a defunct opera troupe from Singapore called Lao Gek Chuong Hiang. She also sends a photo he took of the Har To. She disagrees that this is an uncommon sounding recording, but I have at least 50 Teochew 78’s but not a single one sounds like this. Thanks Javier!

>ODEON 227136a


6 Comments so far
Leave a comment

The title is called Tio Mou Seng Tong Sok (Man Trapped in Snow). This record was from the pre-war in 1930’s.

Comment by Justin

Thanks for the title Justin!

Comment by hajimaji

This is the first time that I’ve heard of Teochew opera.

And it sort of freaks me out.

Comment by Kym


do you know of any teochew performers in the san francisco area? i’m planning out my wedding and would love to have a teochew opera at the banquet as a surprise.

Comment by Judy TAng

[…] Amoy is in the Southeastern province of Fujian, across the strait from Taiwan. The language and culture are closely related to that of Taiwan. Here’s an Amoy Opera instrumental on a label I’ve never seen before. The name of the label translates as something like “Country Love Company”, or maybe more accurately “Patriotsim”, as one commentor has noted below . The music sounds very much like Taiwanese Opera (coming soon in a future post). TEOCHEW ON ODEON […]


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: