Chinese traditional music, developed to accompany ritual and with pentatonic melodies that reach back to the thirteenth century, is characterized by instrumental variation on set tunes and percussive patterns. Instruments are often specific to a musical genre and context of performance: silk-stringed instruments and bamboo lutes for tea house performances and zithers for personal meditation, for example.

Music is part of Chinese community life. Much of Chinese traditional music, from folk songs

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By |2014-12-16T16:54:28-05:00January 22nd, 2012|Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, History, Arts, and Culture, Music|Comments Off on Music, Traditional (Chuántǒng yīnyuè 传统音乐)|Chuántǒng yīnyuè 传统音乐 (Music, Traditional)

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