Huang Ruo, a Chinese-born New York-based composer, has written works for every conceivable format including orchestra, chamber ensemble, piano and the opera stage. While he employs Western instruments and techniques he also edited the anthology Selection of Classic Chinese Folk Songs.
Ruo's interest in Chinese folk songs is more than ethnographic: He grew up listening to many of these works in his native Hainan. In the following video he shares five of his favorite songs.
1. Little Blue Flower
2. Flower Drum Song from Feng Yeng
3. Boatman's Song of the Yellow River
3. Love Song from Kang Ding
4. The Girl from Da Ban City