Tay Son Music

Tay Son music is closely linked to the famous Binh Dinh Martial Art School. Legend has it that this kind of music was invented by Nguyen Hue (a national hero of peasant descent of the 18th century) and his brothers. One single musician played seventeen drums. Twelve of the drums were beat with the hands, one with the head, two with the heels, and two with the allows. Those who could accomplish such a task were considered to possess the Saints' martial art. After the Ngyen Hue brothers died, this martial art music was transformed into a genre of ritual music that was played during celebrations for heroes who struggled against foreign invaders. Tay Son martial art music includes four beats called Xuat Quan (start marching), Hanh Quan (marching), Ham Quan (stop marching), and Khai Hoan (triumph).

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