Ca Nhac Hue

Stemming from court music, ca nhac Hue took shape as a genre of chamber music during the Nguyen Dynasty in the early 19th century, and reached its peak under the reign of Emperor Tu Duc. During the second half of the 19th century, it was popularized and enriched with the ho and ly tunes of Binh Tri Thien folk songs.

 

     In ca nhac Hue, instrumental music plays such an important role that purely instrumental (solos, duets, tios, etc.). In the first half of the 20th century, a theatre form of ca nhac Hue was introduced, and a new genre of Viet (king) traditional theatre called ca kich Hue (sucg drama) developed.

     Ca nhac Hue has the typical features of Central Viet Nam Kinh folk songs, blended with elements from the Cham and Hoa music. It is also the consolidation of Kinh folk songs and court music, the preserver of King musical traditions.

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