Nguyen Thi Hai Phuong

Vietnam: Le Dan Tranh - Musique d'Hier et D'Aujourd 'Hui

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Over the centuries, Vietnamese music has been greatly influenced by Chinese music, yet maintaining a distinctiveness that truly shows the Vietnamese musical spirit. This CD presents the music of the dàn tranh, the Vietnamese version of the table zither which came from China (known as the zheng). The dàn tranh greatly differs from the Chinese version. Its length can be between 98 to 110 cm and has 16 metal strings (sometimes with 17 strings). They were made of silk up until the end of the 17th century. This CD by OCORA is one of the numerous CDs produced by the well-known Vietnamese ethnomusicologist Trân Van Khê. He accompanies one of his students, the talented Nguyen Thi Hai Phuong. While she plays the dàn tranh, he plays the dàn kim (also called dàn nguyêt), which means moon-shaped lute, as well as the dàn cô (a two-stringed fiddle). We also hear, on occasions, the song lang (a small clacker played with the foot). Vietnamese music has a charm, a grace, as well as a refinement, rarely found in any other kind of music. Enchanting!

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