Thursday, October 11, 2007

An Instrumental Guide to the Chinese Orchestra

There are not a lot of books on Chinese Orchestra Instruments in English. So I thought this book deserves another mention.

The title of the book is 'Qi' - An Instrumental Guide to the Chinese Orchestra. It gives a good overview of almost all the music instruments that is used in a Chinese Orchestra.

You should buy this book if:
- You are a student and ethnomusicology is one of your subjects
- You are a teacher in an educational institution with an ethnomusicology department
- You like to listen to traditional Chinese music. I'm sure you would want to know a little bit more about the instruments that produces those beautiful melodies.
- You plan to take up a Chinese music instrument and cannot decide which instrument.
- Your kids are in the Chinese Orchestra of their school. Read this book and wow them with your superior knowledge in Chinese Orchestra Instruments.

The author Samuel Wong Shengmiao, is one good Singaporean Pipa player. His previous books include 'Impressions of a Pipa player' and “An Impression of the Pipa: A Recording in 24 hours”. He is currently studying his PhD in University of Sheffield. Click here to read more about him.

Click here for the contents page of the book.

And here for an except of the book.

If you would like to purchase the book, click here!

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