Jiangnan sizhu

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  • Music Analysis: Jiangnan Sizhu

    Jessica Liu MUSI 2361 Paper One: Jiangnan sizhu The term sizhu is a musical term that has been used all throughout history in East Asian countries especially Taiwan and China, which describes what the instruments in the genre are made of. Si meaning silk, which is what the strings are made up of in string instruments, and zhu meaning bamboo, which is what the wind instruments in Jiangnan sizhu, are made of. Despite the fact that sizhu is used in different countries, Jiangnan is a “geographical term, literally meaning “south of the river.” The region commonly referred to as Jiangnan is the area along the south bank of the lower Yangtze valley, encompassing parts of the provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangsu, and Anhui and including the cities of Shanghai,…

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