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《Journal of Neijiang Teachers College》 2004-01
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An Study of the Origin of Chenhe Opera Characteristic of High-pitched Singing

XIONG Xiao-hui (Art Department, Teachers College of Jishou University, Jishou, Hunan 416000, China)  
Chenhe Opera, characteristic of high-pitched singing, originated from an opera style of the Yiyang Tune in Jiangxi Province,which was a famous local opera popular in Luxi, Yuanling, Xupu and Chenxi of Hunan Province. It is noteworthy for the use of singing, and gongs and drums are its major instruments. Its performance formula, grouped into 23 classes under seven original tunes, has undergone a period from unripe to ripe. Three schools of performance have formed its repertoires, namely, Lower Reaches, Middle Reaches and Upper Reaches. It reproduces not only the picture of the ancient Buddhist, Taoist and Exorcizing cultures of the Yuan Reaches but also the picture of the Chenhe Opera characteristic of farming which originated the art of the Chenhe Opera characteristic of high-pitched singing, and its birth and development has contributed a great deal to the development of Chinese operas.
【CateGory Index】: J82
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