Chinese Hunan Huagu Opera
There are more than 400 traditional plays and 300 tunes in Chinese Hunan Huagu Opera.
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Hunan Huagu Opera is the general name for minor local Opera genres in Hunan Province, such as Changsha Huaguxi, Hengyang Huaguxi and Shaoyang Huaguxi which adopted the names of the regions where they are prevalent. Each Opera has its own distinctive style. Derived from Hunan folk songs, it has developed from a two-role drama (a female and a clown) to a three-role drama (a young female, a young male and a clown). There are more than 400 traditional plays and 300 tunes in its repertoire. According to their formal structure and musical style, these tunes can be divided into four types: Chuan Diao, Daluoqiang, Paizi and Xiaodiao, all having a plain and straightforward local colour. Small Suona and percussions are the main accompanying instruments. The tunes are brisk and lively, particularly suitable to dancing-singing operas.
Famous performers are Liao Chunshan, Wang Yousheng and Zhang Shusheng.
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