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Watching the Moon--An Album of Nanguan Songs by Luo Huixian

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【 Reason for Nomination 】
The singing part has been interpreted quite well with a gentle touch to match the aforementioned four instruments, so that they can create a melody that flows like water or a floating cloud. It makes people feel comfortable! This is such a good album carefully produced in all sincerity!
【 Highlights 】
"Nanguan used to be called “strings.” It is well-preserved now as one of the musical genres in ancient styles. Originating from Quanzhou, Fujian, it has traveled far to other areas such as Taiwan, Macao, Hong Kong and South-East Asia. It preserves the essence of many ancient Chinese cultures and is a kind of art that emphasizes self-cultivation, which is also one of the most influential musical genres that can represent the traditional Taiwanese culture. The major instruments of Nanguan used in the performance may include the Chinese lute, Chinese bamboo flute, Sanxian (the three-stringed plucked lute), Erxian (the two-stringed fiddle) and the clapper. The Nanguan music is composed of three parts, ""zi,"" ""qu,"" and ""notation."" ""Zi"" is also called ""zi suite,"" which is composed of a set of sung poems with lyrics and notations. It can be sung as a ""song."" In the opening activity to “fix the string” when performing, ""zi"" could be performed by simply playing the instruments without singing. ""Qu"" refers to the sung poems in which the artist playing the rhythm part will sing with the ancient Quanzhou accent, focusing on the pronunciation, articulation, rhyming and singing to make sure that these four skills can perfectly match with the four instruments. The “notation” means the songs performed with the Nanguan instruments. "