Music is a very important component of Kunqu opera as it serves as the foundation of a performance. The musical construction of plays such as the Peony Pavilion correlates very closely with the Chinese tonal language. According to the Wintergreen Kunqu Society, “Since Chinese is a tonal language, there is a delicate relation between words and tunes. Every word has a "melody", and the musical air must be superimposed on the word melody, without interfering with it” (Wintergreen Society). The music from the performance I observed indeed blended with the singer, Qing Yi, it didn’t overshadow her vocals but rather accompanied it. This musical form of Kunqu was established by Tang Xianzu, he introduced Kunqu Theater during the Ming Dynasty the time period in which he lived (Wintergreen Society). Kunqu today has evolved and developed over the years. Professor Hans H. Frankel of Yale University states that “Wei Liangfu and his collaborators standard...
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...such an historical art form presented in your place of study by talented actors/actress and musicians. I believe they were astonishing in preserving an artwork that has been around for years staying in strict accordance to rules and its fundamentals. I believe the rest of the audience will agree that though it was a different experience for most of us it’s a performance one can never forget.
1. Kunqu.org. (2007 Mar. 02). The Peony Pavilion. Retrieved from http://www.kunqu.org/emdt.html
2. Kunqu.org. (2007 Jan. 17). What Is Special In Kunqu Theater. Retrieved from http://www.kunqu.org/especial.html
3. Frankel, Hans H.(2011-14) The Kunqu Theater. Retrieved from http://www.kunqusociety.org/kunqu/history/
4. Wintergreen Kunqu Society. n.d. What is Kunqu Theatre? Retrieved from http://www.wtrgreenkunqu.org/Resources/Kunqu%20Description.htm
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