Playing time: 72'
Recording date: February 1987 (Guangzhou)
There are four major schools of zheng in China (Han, Chaozhou, Henan, Shandong), these being related to the larger combinations of semi-classical music categorized by ethnic group or region. Within the full Han style, including various string & wind ensembles, the zheng is given pride of place. Among the zheng styles, the Han is supposed to be the most sophisticated, although the music also has "hits" popular with a wide audience.
This is also called "Confucian" music, and in many ways the Han Music school is the most characteristically Chinese, especially the zheng music. It is generally contemplative music, although with a healthy dose of emotion in various ranges.
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