Suona | Ancient Chinese Culture

Suona


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The suona, also called laba in Chinese, is a traditional Chinese instrument. It was introduced to China more than 700 years ago in the Jin and Yuan Dynasties.

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It has a conical wooden body and uses tubular brass or copper bocal to which a small double reed is affixed, and possesses a detachable metal bell at its end. Due to its large volume and strident, penetrating tine quality, it is good at the ardent and lively style, especially for the imitation of the singing of hundreds of birds.

It is an important instrument in northern China, especially the provinces of Shandong and Henan. It is commonly used for solos or ensembles in funeral, wedding, or other ceremonies and celebrations. Most of the times, it is used in combination with sheng mouth organs, gongs, drums and other instruments.

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Click here to appreciate the classic tune Bai Niao Chao Feng.

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