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Monotonous And Primitive Music

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The pipa was the gentlest, most versatile musical instruments played in the village in conveying feeling and easiest to listen. The gentle sound of the pipa ebbed and owed, gradually approaching then fading. It had a soothing effect, serving as a balm for fatigue and cares. It was the instrument that was most able to touch women's hearts and result in an outpouring of tender feelings. Some people played bamboo flutes or whistled on tree leaves. This was mainly to attract people's attention and was considered successful as long as some noise was created. There was therefore almost no melody to gladden the hearts of Xiangye people. Although the sounds of water gurgling, cocks crowing, or cicadas calling were monotonous, such sounds served as a substitute for music in a music-deprived world.

Keywords: monotonous; musical instruments; pipa; Xiangye



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