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Dongjing Music in Yunnan, Vol. 1

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by John Storm Roberts

Dongjing is a regional idiom that began life centuries ago as a highly elite art music but gradually spread into the popular domain while retaining much of its former attributes. Strongly linked with Confucianism and to a lesser extent Taoism, its defining factors have to do with overall mood and quality, as well as a very varied instrumentation that adds many ethnic instruments to the standard Han array.

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