Various Artists

Vietnam: Court Theatre Music – Hat-Bôi

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Vietnamese court theatre, which dates back to the 14th century, transformed itself into a popular art form during the 19th: performances are given in makeshift surroundings to large audiences. The music to Hat-Bôi includes an important role for percussion, along with double-reed, lutes and fiddles. The performers on this reissue of a 1985 album are leading Vietnamese teachers and actors.