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82100 - EVERLASTING CHINESE FOLKSONGS
XIAO BAI CAI
arr. Gong Guotai
Xiao Bai Cai was originally a well-known children's song popular in north China. With grievous melody, the song gives expression to the sorrow or a little girl who had lost her mother through death and was all alone, helpless and maltreated.
WAVES OF THE RED RIVER
arr. Ma Youdao
Waves or the Red River is arranged From Seaweed Tune, a Folk song popular in Yi people, a minority nationality living in southwest China. Seaweed Tune has a set melody but has no fixed words. The Yi young people like to use this song to express.
arr. Gong Guotai
The horse-lantern is a coloured horse-shaped lantern popular in Zhejiang Province. With thin bamboo strips or iron wires as the frame, with coloured paper or silk as the skin and with candles lit inside, the horse-lantern is made up of the front half and the back half. On the festival, the performer has the front and back halves respectively fixed on his front and back of his or her body. He or she will look as if he or she were riding on the back of a horse. Horse Lantern Ditty is a folk song used to accompany the horse-lantern song and dance performance. With jubilant melody and ardent percussive rhythm, the song expresses people's love for life and their optimism.
arr. A Kejian
Based on Younger Brother Prulay, a folk song popular in Inner Mongolia, and with simple kind melody, Lullaby expresses deep tender care for and high hope on the baby Prulay.
YIMENG MOUNTAIN DITTY
The Yimeng Mountain lies in the south of Shandong Province. With simple extended melody, Yimeng Mountain Ditty conveys the Yimeng people's hearty extolment of their beautiful homeland.
arr. Ma Youdao
Ancient Legend is arranged from Norigerma, a ballad popular in Inner Mongolia. In the 1850's, for the purpose of putting down the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom, the largest of peasant uprisings in China's history, the imperial government of the Qing Dynasty deployed Mongolian cavalry units from Inner Mongolia to the front, which brought great suffering to the local people. Norigerma and Alatansu were a newly-wed couple. On the day of their wedding, the husband was ordered to go to the battlefield. With this song, he expressed his helplessness and his reluctance to say good-bye to his bride.
arr. Li Wenping
Lan Huahua is a widespread north Shaanxi folk song. lt enthusiastically extols a rebellious woman in the feudal age. Lan Huahua, a beautiful intelligent young girl, was forced to marry Zhou, an old man as ugly and lifeless as a tomb, yet she swore to resist and was determined to escape from the Zhou's to reunite with the man she loved.
PLUCKING TEA LEAVES
arr. Meng Jinjin
In various tea producing provinces in south China, there have been spreading folk songs expressing tea planters plucking tea leaves. The melodies of the songs popular in different regions differ from each other. The present Plucking Tea Leaves on the disc is after a tune of flower lantern popular in Yunnan. It demonstrates the tea planters’ joy over the bumper harvest and their love of life.
THE SKY IS DARK
arr. Ren Donghua
The Sky Is Dark was originally a children's folk rhyme popular in the north of Taiwan and in the south of Fujian. The melody is simple and scherzando. It sings: It was going to rain. Grandpa came home with a loach he had caught. He wanted to have it done salty, while Grandma wanted to have it done not so salty. They had a quarrel and finally got the iron pot broken.
BEAUTIFUL YOUNG GIRL
arr. Zheng Deren
Beautiful Young Girl was originally a widespread folk. With melodious joyful tune, the song displays a young lad's love and extolment to a beautiful girl.
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