10 Best Chinese Style Pure Music Pieces
Pure music refers to music pieces composed without lyrics in the composer’s original intention. This music mode completely conveys author’s feelings with pure and beautiful music. Although it is does not have lyrics, it still achieves perfectness just with beautiful melody. Because of this, the composition of pure music requires a lot of high qualities including a lot of inspiration, outstanding music theory, rich life experience and high level personalistic and mental attainments. Below I share with you the 10 best Chinese style pure music pieces, each piece will send you carefree and joyous. Hope you like them.
1. “The Forbidden Garden”《紫禁花园》by Li Zhihui
“The Forbidden Garden” is is also one of Li Zhihui’s representative songs from his album “Our Gone Home 2”. This piece is full Chinese flavor and really revives my heartstring. When the melodious music starts, I feel like being in the Forbidden City and feel greatness and fickle fortune, and also Chinese wisdom and unyielding character. I have a sense of pride that I am unable to speak, I still firmly believe that those belong to the nation belong to the world. The five thousand years of ancient Chinese music culture does not lose its tradition finally but takes on a new look.
2. “Luanhong”《乱红》by Chen Yue
“Luanhong” or known as”Flowers In a Riot of Color” creates a wonderful acoustic world which magically integrates both Eastern and Western musical elements; the piece also perfectly fuses fashion and tradition, creating a soul-perching paradise. The sound of the Xiao (a Chinese vertical end-blown flute) is clear like water, rises and falls against the background of the piano. The music seems to have Tagore‘s poem rhyme and exudes a faint fragrance of green tea. The Flute and Xiao plays in tune with piano, making people feel like silver notes fall from the Xiao’s sound and jump on the piano. The heart also follows the music and comes to a quiet and cool world.
3. “What the Pipa Says “《琵琶语》by Lin Hai
3000 years after the Pipa’s creation, the musician Lin Hai used his musical talent to challenge tradition and subvert people’s impression on lute by blending modern elements into traditional Pipa sound. I believe many people have heard the piece; here I just want to let us furbish up this refreshing and moving melody.
4. “Forget One Another in the Rivers and Lakes”《相忘於江湖》by Cai Zhizhong
As a child I remember watching Cai Zhizhong’s cartoons like “Ghost Story”, “Journey to the West” etc., I think his drawing is particularly good, the characters and dialogue are also very interesting. His classic comics series like What Confucius Says, What Laozi Says and What Zhuangzi Says let us first know that the saints can be painted this way – it is full of modern interpretation and this helps people absorb classic wisdom without burden. This time, Cai Zhi Zhong, together with Lin Hai, Wu Jindai and other leading musicians jointly build music fantasy of Zhuangzi’s natural philosophy. Xiao, Flute, Piano, Cello and other instruments echo with the sound of insects and birds in the nature, conducting a spiritual dialogue that crosses the past and present.
5. “Lunar January · Plum ~ Goddess of Flowers – Princess Shouyang ” 《正月·梅花~花神寿阳公主》by Shi Zhiyou
The piece belongs to the 1996 folk album named “Goddess of Flowers” by Shi Zhiyou, a former composer and conductor of China Opera and Dance Theatre. The album “Goddess of Flowers” centers the flowers from January to December, integrating the beauty of flowers and legend of the flower goddess. Legend has it that Plum Flower Goddess is the Emperor Wu’s daughter – Princess Shouyang. On January 7th of the lunar calendar, when she rested below a tree, a plum blossom fell on her forehead, leaving a flowery mark. With the mark, she seemed much more gorgeous. Soon, many women followed her to paste plum blossom their foreheads to leave imprint on forehead. It was then called “Plum Blossom Makeup”. Hence, Princess Shouyang was called “Goddess of Plum Blossom” by people. All the series of pieces use folk instruments such as Pipa, Flute, Xiao Erhu and others; the piece will make feel unique charm of ethnic music and present a picture of beautiful mountains and green waters.
6. “A Water Lily”《睡莲》by Jia Pengfang
The most famous Erhu melody is probably “The Moon Reflected in Two Springs”. Erhu has a long history of more than two thousand years. According to legend, it originated in the Northern China. The horse hair bow runs between the two steel strings and sound is made through friction. Erhu, known as the Oriental Violin, is a representative instrument of the East. The piece is played by Erhu together with Piano which creates a harmonious melody, as if it is going to take you to another world.
7. ” Fragrance Fall”《清香落》by Lin Hai and Fan Zongpei
This piece belongs to a very special album “Music Hall of Soul – Fragrance Fall”, produced by Lin Hai and Fan Zongpei. All instruments are just piano plus computer MIDI, but still full of classic charm, as if you see an ancient man walk leisurely and smell the fragrance of flowers in the shade.
8. “Mandarin Duck Float on Green Water”《鸳鸯泛绿》by Wang Junxiong
This music belongs to Wang Junxiong’s music series “River and Moon”. It shows the scene that two mandarin ducks are playing in the water.
9. “Yangshuo Scenery in the Pictures”《阳朔美景画中游》by Li Zhihui
This piece is from album “Our Gone Home 1” , a NEW AGE style album produced in Mainland China. The entire album is full of an ethnic flavor and each song portrays rural villages full of ethnic culture: Dali, Yangshuo, Fenghuang City….. Li Zhihui’s refreshing and aesthetic music style is really fascinating. All pieces are original music; original natural sound of ancient folk instruments combines with modern music elements, presenting some an intriguing sound effect.
10. “A Cloudless Sky”《无云天》by Wang Junxiong
“A Cloudless Sky” is from album”Dream in Flowers”, one of the most outstanding albums by Wang Junxiong. The music piece is emotional and sentimental, heart-touching, relaxing and exciting. The music is full of endless love sickness, some ease and Zen spirit. You will be certainly impressed after listening to it!