Vietnam traditional music and traditional Each aspect of the culture, each detail of the nature and each Vietnamese people have all contributed crucial roles to making a Vietnam with a hidden beauty. Vietnam-beauty together with you explore the beauty. Sat, 23 Jun 2018 00:34:00 +0700 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Have you ever listened to ¡°Nhac tien chien¡±? ¡°Outside on the veranda, the autumn rain is gently falling. The somber sky is quieting, suspended clouds are scattering. Amidst the muffled wind blowing past in the autumn rain, who's crying? who's grieving...¡± are the so beautiful lyrics of a popular ¡°Nhac tien chien¡± song named ¡°Autumn Rain Drops¡± (or ¡°Giot Mua Thu¡± in Vietnamese) by Dang The Phong, that makes us feel nostalgic...


The appellation ¡°Nhac tien chien¡± (Vietnamese pre-war music) was properly originated from the name Tho tien chien (pre-war poetry), which was very popular in South Vietnam after 1954. "War" here is the 9-year war against French colonies from 1945 to 1954. Although Vietnamese music historians have the tien chien period ending in 1946 or 1947 with the resumption of hostilities with the French, some songs associated with this genre were written as late as 1954. While they continued to find a loving audience in the South, the nhac tien chien songs were, although not banned outright, absent from the stage and airwaves of North Vietnam from 1954 until the 1980s. That is the context out of which nhac tien chien was born. These songs continue to be popular among Vietnamese, both overseas and in Vietnam, especially among the older generation. They are regularly performed at the concert hall of the Hoi Nhac Si Viet Nam (Vietnamese Association of Musicians) in Hanoi under the appellation nhac tru tinh or lyrical music. When this Association in 1994 presented a festival commemorating 50 years of Vietnamese song, these songs were well represented.

Vietnam traditional music and traditional instrume Thu, 09 Oct 2008 02:05:39 +0800
About Sao Truc (Vietnamese Bamboo Flute) Sao Truc, which is certainly Vietnam¡¯s most well-known wind instrument with arch-form blowing hole, has long been attached to the cultural and spiritual life of Vietnamese people.


A vertically-held bamboo flute is made from the very bottom of a bamboo tree. Bamboo is hollow except for the nodes which are spaced at intervals along the pipe. These nodes are knocked out to form the complete hollow length of the pipe. The bamboo flute is a simple instrument consisting of a stem of fine bamboo with a diameter of 1.5 to 2cm and a length of 40 to 55cm. On the stem, there is one mouth piece and 10 finger holes. At one end, there is an oval blowing hole and a soft wooden rush pith used to adjust pitch. 12cm from the blowing hole, there are six finger holes at 1cm intervals from each other, as well as a non-covering hole located at the other end of the instrument.

Vietnam traditional music and traditional instrume Tue, 30 Sep 2008 01:45:53 +0800
Chau van Chau van (or frequently called trau van) is a religious form of art which combines singing and dancing and used for extolling the merits of beneficent deities or national heroes. Its music and poetry are mingled with a variety of rhythms, pauses, tempos, stresses and pitches.


Listening to chau van singing, you may confuse between the two following types:

Hat tho (worship singing) includes the slow chanting which is accompanied by an act of worship. Variations in the music don¡¯t frequently happen and contain little contrast between pitch and stress.

Hat len dong is the cantillation and dancing of psychic to express the will and orders of some supernatural beings. It may contain many variations depending on the number of verses and often coming to a top or bottom of the meditation.

The instrumental music in Chau van plays a very important role either in emphasizing important passages or creating contrastive effects. Normally, the main instruments that you see in one chau van performance are moon-shaped lute (dan nguyet), accompanied by a rhythm from the striking of a piece of wood or bamboo (phach), clappers (xeng), drum (trong) and gong (chieng). Sometimes, the 16-stringed zither (dan tranh), flute (sao), eight-sound band (dan bat am) are also used in the recitation of certain poetry.

Vietnam traditional music and traditional instrume Mon, 29 Sep 2008 18:58:19 +0800
Trong Com, a traditional cylindrical drum in "How joyful to have a Trong Com; and it is an honour for those who can clap it skilfully, oohh ah bong ah bong...", are beautiful lyrics and melody of a famous song from Vietnamese folklore about Trong Com.


Normally, the song is usually accompanied by a picture of ?boy or girl drummers with axehead-shaped ?turbans and long-shaped drums hung loose from the neck down to about the belly. This drum is called Trong Com, which contributes an unique sound - now happy and cheerful, now low, soft and woeful recalling the innermost feelings of one's native country, one's homeland...

Vietnam traditional music and traditional instrume Mon, 29 Sep 2008 18:47:50 +0800
Dan Nhi, Vietnamese two-chord With melodious sounds, Dan Nhi becomes indispensable one in a traditional musical orchestra to express the subtle mood of man's soul.


Dan Nhi is a sort of vertical violin with two strings, a long handle and a sound box, held in front of the player like a small cello and played with a bow. It is popular among several ethnic groups in Vietnam such as: Muong, Tay, Thai, Gie Trieng, Khmer. It is also refered to as Dan Co in southern provinces of Viet Nam. Dan Nhi comprises a tubular body made of hard wood with snake or python skin stretched over one end and a bridge. The neck of the Dan Nhi has no frets. Made of hard wood, one end of the neck goes through the body; the other end slants slightly backward. There are two pegs for tuning. The two strings, which used to be made of silk, are now of metal and are tuned in fifths: C-1 D-2; F-1 C-2; or C-1 G-1. The bow is made of bamboo or wood and fitted with horsehair. The hair goes through the space between the strings. The tones of the Dan Nhi range over two octaves, from C-1 to C-3. In drawing the bow, the player uses various techniques, including legato, vibrato, staccato; combined with his fingering of the strings he can produce trills, glissando, rapid runs, etc.

Vietnam traditional music and traditional instrume Mon, 29 Sep 2008 18:07:13 +0800
Ca tru Perhaps, the most important catalyst in the development of contemporary Vietnamese folkloric performance was the appearance of the call-and-response dialogue song. These kinds of songs have created a significant role in forming the Vietnamese culture values. Witnessing a ca tru play means hearing the beautiful voice of lady singers and at the same time, enjoying the poem written for this style of singing!

The traditional Vietnamese folk art - ca tru singing - is believed to have religious origins. In the history book of Hung Yen province, there was a story about Ms. Dao Thi Hue, who utilized her beauty and singing talent to seduce and kill the Ming enemies. People later built a temple called Dao Nuong to worship.

Vietnam traditional music and traditional instrume Mon, 29 Sep 2008 17:51:11 +0800
Lithophone or Dan Lithophone or Dan Da is also known as a percussion instrument made of stone. The name is applied to a specific instrument made of resonant stones that produces a ringing sound when hit...


The Vietnamese Lithophone is a set of stone slabs of different sizes and shapes fabricated through an elementary technique. These stones are available in the mountainous areas south of Central Vietnam and east of South Vietnam. Discovered by Georges Condominas - a French, in Dak Lak in 1949, Lithophone is an ancient musical instrument with 11 slabs of stone.

Vietnam traditional music and traditional instrume Sun, 28 Sep 2008 23:09:21 +0800
Dan Bau, monochord of Dan Bau is a Vietnamese monochord, a traditional one-string musical instrument.


The history...

According to the "Dai Nam thuc luc tien bien", the first Dan Bau was made in 1770; yet, many scholars estimate its age to be up to one thousand years older than that. A popular legend of its beginning tells of a blind woman playing it in the market to earn a living for her family while her husband was at war. Whether this tale is based in fact or not, it remains true that the Dan Bau has historically been played by blind musicians. At its first appearance, it was a very simple instrument comprised of a bamboo section, a flexible rod, a calabash or half a coconut. After a process of evolution and improvement, the present form of the Dan Bau is a bit more sophisticated, yet still quite simple. Until recent times, its soft volume limited the musical contexts in which it could be used. The Dan Bau, played solo, is central to Vietnamese folk music, a genre still popular today in the country. Its other traditional application is as an accompaniment to poetry readings.

Vietnam traditional music and traditional instrume Sun, 28 Sep 2008 22:53:50 +0800
Tuong singing (Classical Opera) Tuong singing is one kind of Vietnamese tragicomedy and comic opera with gestures or costume. Serving an educational purpose, it is a combination of songs, dances and dramatic actions, associating with the interpretation as well as the stylization of gestures.


How can tuong singing be identified among other Vietnamese traditional music?

Tuong can be classified into tuong chinh - a more academic style including various types of performance and tuong do - a more comic style criticizing the corrupt officialdom.

Tuong singing in Vietnam shares some similarities with Chinese opera (named ¡°Kinh kich¡±), such as the simplicity of staging, the corresponding emphasis on stylized gesture and mime to convey actions or emotions as well as the use of color symbolism in respect of 'painted face' characters. However, the distinctive Vietnamese style of performance is very different from Chinese opera, not only in the way of using women to play female roles but also the sentiments in the scripts. Couplets are sung in rhyme followed by the ancient storytelling technique, known as noi loi (linking words). The instrumental ensemble is dominated by the two-stringed fiddle and percussion.

Vietnam traditional music and traditional instrume Thu, 25 Sep 2008 19:37:50 +0800
Lullaby When I was a baby, my mom and my grand mom used to sing the Vietnamese lullabies for me. It was just not to lull me to sleep but also was the way they connected to my heart. At that time, I could not understand the meaning of the lullabies but I could feel the warmth and sweetness of my mom and my grand mom. And I grew up with these lullabies¡­


Let me tell you about the lullabies that most Vietnamese did listen when they were little children. Hat ru (or Lullaby singing) is a sort of folk music often heard in Vietnam, especially in the countryside. Ru as a noun is certainly a song to lull babies, and as a verb is to lull, but Vietnamese women use them to consign their fates and also express feelings, such as homesickness or the mood of a wife missing her husband, etc. In order to make the child slowly fall asleep, the song¡¯s rhythm is mostly quiet, the tone is stretched as melodiously as a little dialogue between the mother and the child.

Vietnam traditional music and traditional instrume Wed, 24 Sep 2008 18:47:34 +0800