East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Chang’an Again


Considering the relative success of my previous post about the music of of ancient China and Guqin, here’s another sample of these guy’s art.
I hope you’ll like it.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

4 thoughts on “Chang’an Again

  1. I really admire their sense for choreography, some of the chords reminded me of Celtic music — conjecturing about the geography too, with China and Celtic culture at opposite sides of Eurasia. This one reminded me of Loreena McKennitt’s “Mummers’ Dance.”


    • I love McKennitt!
      And a lot of traditional music uses pentatonic scales, and so yes, Chinese music sounds a lot like Celtic music.
      You can improvise a little Sino-Celt jazz music by playing only the black keys on your piano.

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      • Celtic mythology, as you know better than I, is rooted in magical mysteries — so much has not survived the ages — that are reimagined in works of fantasy.
        I had not known about that black-key improviso, something I will try out. 🙂


        • I was once a very bad keyboard player, for about fifteen minutes in a band called False Intelligence. Playing on the black keys was more or less all I could do 😀


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