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Chinese music is asold as Chinesecivilization. Itsdevelopmentstarted way backduring theSHANG Dynasty
During the HAN Dynasty- the imperial court set up the music department to initiate the collecting and editing of the ancient melodiesMost Chinese folk songs were constructed in repetitive formal approach.
CONFUCIUS- famous Chinese philosopher who believed that music in its highest form can be used to calm the human passion and lust.- Means to purify ones thought.
FOUR STAGES OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF CHINESE PERIODFORMATIVE PERIOD- music was used in folk festival that are meant to give honor to the ancestors.
INTERNATIONAL PERIOD- there was an overflow of musical ideas brought about by the Western contacts and Asian trade. MUSICAL INSTRUMENTSTrumpets, oboes, lutes and drums
NATIONALPERIOD- musicalactivities were nolonger confined tothe enjoyment ofthe aristocrats.
WORLD MUSICPERIOD- a new kind of music was born from the tradition of Western instruments and forms.
PENTATONIC SCALE- five tone scale ( Chinese traditional music)• gong (宫, gōng) // The first note in the Chinese pentatonic scale.• shang (商, shāng) // The second note...• jue (角, jué) // The third note...• zhi (徵, zhǐ) // The fourth note...• yu (羽, yǔ) // The fifth note...