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Published Monday, November 19, 18 | By PaulvHill

contributed by Ronna Fleischman 

Chinese music may seem odd to those who are not familiar with it. Chinese music uses a five-tone scale rather than the eight-tone scale of Western music.  According to Chinese theory, the tones are connected to a myriad of cosmological concepts, as well as the inner workings of man. They correspond to the five elements of metal, wood, water, fire and earth, of which the Chinese believe everything in the universe, including the human body and even sound, is composed. Ancient Chinese music varied depending on time period, region, and individual. Each imperial court had its own specialty. Each dynasty focused on different aspects of music. And within each dynasty, different regions and localities had their own style.  Read More 

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