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Easy Steps to Chinese Music: Folk Songs



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This textbook on Chinese folk songs, is one volume in the Easy Steps to Chinese Music series. This textbook is an easily understandable companion that enables a quick start for international learners. In choosing melodies, we selected the best known versions. As to the lyrics, different versions were collated, and obsolete elements were removed, thus to present the most essential spirit and emotion. To choose the accompaniment, we sang multiple versions several times and selected those which are musically rich but not difficult to understand. For songs that happened to lack a decent piano accompaniment, we invited composers to work with us, in order to compensate for this. The most accomplished young singers in China today performed the demonstrations. To make learners study easier and more enjoyable, we have included in it song annotations, singing demonstrations, piano accompaniments, and other supporting materials. 

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