Huang Ruo Sings His Top Five Chinese Folk Songs

Thursday, January 26, 2012

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

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Comments [2]

ellen from Manhattan

If I were 30 years younger I would definitely (try to) learn these! Many, many years ago while in 4th grade, when we were studying about China I performed a translation of Flower Drum Song with classmate Louise Lasser. "Pity my fate, oh sad fate. Others have rich ones {....] my husband sits all day and plays upon his drum. Drrr, etc."

Jan. 27 2012 03:07 PM
Richard from NYC

Can't say I enjoy his singing, but I really appreciate his passion and selection. I also grew up with the flower drum song and the love song from Kang Ding. This is a nice throwback. Thanks QXR!

Jan. 27 2012 08:19 AM

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