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One Hundred Birds Serenade the Phoenix
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   One Hundred Birds Serenada the Phoenix
The best-known piece of Suona (suǒ nà 唢呐) is One Hundred Birds Serenade the Phoenix (bǎi niǎo cháo fèng 百鸟朝凤), which is especially popular in Shandong (shān dōng shěng 山东省), Anhui (ān huī shěng 安徽省), Henan (hé nán shěng 河南省) and Hebei (hé běi shěng 河北省) provinces. After a spirited introduction, the orchestra settles down to a fixed accompaniment mode. With this background, the Suona section plays a vigorous, piping tune in imitation of the chirping of birds in flight. The closeness of the mimicry expresses the people's love for nature and the intense scrutiny of ordinary life by folk artists, as well as their virtuosity in performance. Such beautiful and auspicious tunes help to account for the popularity of this instrument.

The Suona horn is the most widespread and popular folk musical instrument in China. It is commonly called a trumpet. In shape, the Suona horn is conical, with eight holes (seven forward and one at the back). The body is made of wood. At one end there is a thin brass tube with a reed attachment, and at the other end, flares like a trumpet.






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