Chinese brass-type wind instruments
Posted 22 October 2006 - 12:35 PM
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Posted 22 October 2006 - 10:19 PM
Are there any traditional Chinese instruments which produce a sound like the horn or trumpet? I can't find anything but flutes in the wind category.
The nearest instrument to the trumpet would be the souna. However, the pitch is a lot higher than the trumpet
The instrument, often popularly called Laba (trumpet), firstly appeared in the Wei and Jin period (200-420). The instrument is commonly used in the accompaniment to local theatres or to singing and dancing, and also for solos or ensembles on such occasions as weddings, funerals or other ceremonies and celebrations.
source site: http://www.paulnoll..../mus-souna.html
As for the horn, I would like the Sheng might do the job. It is however, is more of a mouth organ than a horn. It does have different octaves... so it depends on the music
The Chinese sheng (Chinese: 笙; Pinyin shēng) is a mouth-blown free reed instrument (the first) consisting essentially of vertical tubes, in the Chinese orchestra.
Gaoyin sheng (高音笙, pinyin Gāoyīn Shēng)
High-pitched sheng; Uses treble clef
Zhongyin sheng (中音笙, pinyin Zhōngyīn Shēng)
Middle-pitched sheng; Uses treble or alto clef
Diyin sheng (低音笙, pinyin Dīyīn Shēng)
Low-pitched sheng; Uses alto or bass clef
Traditional sheng (传统笙, pinyin Chuántǒng Shēng)
21-keyed sheng; Uses treble clef
source site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheng_(instrument)
Edited by Centaur, 22 October 2006 - 10:21 PM.
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