Jiangnan Sizhu - Yang2 Chun1 (sunny spring) (1984, Art-Tune cassette):
Performers: uncredited / unknown
Title: Jiangnan Sizhu - Yang2 Chun1 (sunny spring)
Publisher: Art-Tune Records Co.
Format: cassette tape
All titles on cassette are in traditional Chinese characters only.
A1. huān lè gē 欢乐歌 (song of joy)
A2. yáng chūn bái xuě 阳春白雪 (sunny spring & white snow) (as yáng chūn 阳春 sunny spring on cassette)
A3. sān liù 三六 (three six)
A4. lǎo bā bǎn 老八板 (old eight beats)
A5. sī xián cāo 思贤操
A6. sān wǔ qī 三五七 (three five seven)
B1. zhègū fēi 鹧鸪飞 (flying partridge)
B2. lóng hǔ xiāng dòu 龙虎相斗 (dragon and lion fighting each other)
B3. màn sān liù 慢三六 (2 erhu solo, slow three six) (as màn liù bǎn 慢六板 slow six beats)
B4. jīng diào 京调 Jingju tune (as liú shuǐ 流水 flowing water)
B5. gū sū xíng 姑苏行 going to Suzhou (as gū sū 姑苏 Suzhou)
Title as on cassette:
jiāngnán sīzhú, yáng chūn 江南丝竹, 阳春 (Jiangnan silk & bamboo music, sunny spring).
Art-Tune Records Co. Hong Kong, AC-1376 (1984)
香港艺声唱片公司 xiānggǎng yìshēng chàngpiàn gōngsī
The sound quality of this cassette is atrocious! I guess the recordings were originally on a LP record and it sounds like it was probably transferred off the speakers of a record player with a low quality mic. Apart from the titles, there is no other information on the cassette.
Track A4. lǎo bā bǎn 老八板 (old eight beats) is a recording of the piece from which many pieces of the Jiangnan sizhu repertory are derived. I haven't heard any other recordings of it, although it is sometimes included in the last section of Xing Jie (procession).
A5. sī xián cāo 思贤操 seems to be a guqin piece of the Zhejiang school. On the recording here it's played by a xiao and the guqin. I'm not sure how the title should be translated. A search on the web came up with "Missing a Virtuous Person" and "Thinking of Yan Hui". The three characters themselves is literally something like "thinking and virtuous exercise/melody".
B3. màn sān liù 慢三六 (2 erhu solo, slow three six) (as màn liù bǎn 慢六板 slow six beats on the cassette) sounds the same as a recording by Shěn Fèngquán 沈凤泉 & Shěn Duōmǐ 沈多米 on the CD "A Collection of Music Played on the Erhu Vol 10" (1992,China Record), see http://huqinblog.blogspot.com/2009/11/artist-va-album-collection-of-music.html
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