Nanguan (music)

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Nanguan (; pinyin: nánguǎn, literally "southern pipes", also called nanyin (南音), nanyue (南樂), or nanqu (南曲)) is a style of Chinese classical music originating in the southern Chinese province of 'Fujian (福建), and is also now highly popular in Taiwan, particularly Lukang.Prof. Wang Ying-Fen, Amateur Music Clubs and State Intervention: online pdf file at

Fujian is a mountainous coastal province of China. Its provincial capital is Fuzhou, while Quanzhou was a major port in the 7th century CE, the period between the Sui and Tang eras. Situated upon an important maritime trade route, it was a conduit for elements of distant cultures. The result was what is now known as nanguan music, which today preserves many archaic features.

It is a genre strongly associated with male-only community amateur musical associations (quguan or "song-clubs"), each formerly generally linked to a particular temple, and is viewed as a polite accomplishment and a worthy social service, distinct from the world of professional entertainers.Prof. Wang Ying-Fen, Amateur Music Clubs and State Intervention

Styles and instruments

Nanguan repertory falls into three overlapping styles, called zui, po and kiok (zhi, pu and qu in Mandarin), differentiated by the contexts in which they occur, by...
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