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4.0 out of 5 stars Emerging Lotus, 28 Sep 2011
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I downloaded this CD of guzheng music a few weeks ago. It has been playing almost continually on my laptop whenever I want some pleasant background music either for myself or my pet budgie -- calms us both down and sends us both off to sleep! I am no expert on Chinese traditional music but as the man said 'I don't know art but I know what I like' and I like this. A guzheng is a kind of zither (I think) anyway it sounds like a cross between the deep notes on a piano and a cello. Each track is pretty short and not very demanding to listen to so even if you are not sure if Chinese traditional music is for you, you might like to give this a try as it will not overwhelm you with strangeness. I don't know how 'traditional' this music is, it sounds a bit too comfortable for that. I think it might be played on a traditional instrument but actually be a few modern pieces and/or some modern interpretations of traditional compositions. I say this because in my experience genuine traditional music from exotic cultures is usually hard to listen to at first until you get used to the different way of experiencing music. This is too much like easy listening. As I said it sends me to sleep. I mention this because the lack of challenge might put some people off just as it might be a bonus for others. I can't comment on the musician as I do not know anything about her -- she may be top notch or just average. As far as I could tell she was playing well. I am just beginning to explore traditional Chinese music and in time I will be able to be more critical and discriminating but for now I am just having a bit of fun and easy listening is okay for me. After hearing this album I will definitely be looking for other guzheng players and other pieces, maybe longer more complex and demanding pieces (if they exist). I feel this is an easy introduction and now I want to try something more sophisticated. Thus far, pipa music is my favourite Chinese trad. instrument but guzheng is running a close second. Finally, I enjoyed being able to download and listen immediately. I haven't any CD sleeve or notes (which might have answered some of my questions about how 'traditional' this music is and/or who the musician is) but I do have instant entertainment. Well, based on this experience, I will be downloading Chinese trad. from Amazon again in future. I recommend this to people who want something a bit different but not too different.
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Initial post: 22 Jun 2012 23:25:08 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Jun 2012 23:26:43 BDT
Effie says:
Hey, thanks for your comment. It's really helpful. I did a bit reasearch about Guzheng music and I found all her pieces were very 'traditional', cuz some of the pieces have been existed for thousands of years, like "Autumn moon in the palace of Han emperor", and "High mountain and flowing water", ect. You can check on Youtube for more modern pieces to see whether you like them. I recommend "The Eternal Sorrow of Lin'an" and "Tune of Rainbow Cloud". BTW, I found a type of 7-string Chinese zither sounds super nice, too.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Sep 2012 19:37:44 BDT
Tarr Pitts says:
Cheers, that's very helpful. I'll check out the links you mentioned!
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