Chinese Kun Opera
Kun Opera is one of China's classical operas with a history of more than 500 years.
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Kun Opera, also called 'Kunshan Qiang' (the style of Kunshan) or 'Kunqu', originated in the Kunshan region of Jiangsu Province. It is one of China's classical operas with a history of more than 500 years.
During the reign of Emperor Jiajing, Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D.), Wei Liangfu, a famous musician, selected the essence of Haiyan Qiang and Yiyang Qiang (the styles of Haiyan and Yiyang) and created the well-known 'Shuimo Qiang', a set of well-designed and polished tunes, thus greatly developing Kun Opera.
Kun Opera has a complete system of acting as well as its own distinctive tunes. With a wide range of repertoire, its tunes are very delicate and elegant and its acting is vivid and touching. The orchestra consists of Dizi (a horizontal bamboo flute which plays the leading part in the orchestra), Xiao (a vertical bamboo flute), Sheng (mouth organ), Pipa (a plucked string instrument with a fretted finger board) etc, Many Chinese local operas are greatly influenced by its tunes and acting.
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