Linhai Cidiao

( | Updated: 2018-12-06

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A performance of linhai cidiao [Photo/]

Linhai cidiao, also known as Bel-esprit Tune or Crane Tune, is a traditional ballad spread in Linhai, Taizhou, suiting both refined and popular tastes. Originating from the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), Haiyan Tune prevailed in Jiaxing, Wenzhou and Taizhou in the middle of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and eventually developed into cidiao in the late Ming Dynasty. Having a history of more than 300 years, cidiao is sung or spoken in Taizhou dialect by male singers seated on chairs. It should be delivered with clear articulation, a mellow, full and elegant tune, as well as steady rhythms. The singing should embody cidiao's romantic charm and the singers' consummate skills, while its tunes should be gentle and beautiful. In June 2008, linhai cidiao was included in China's second representative list of intangible cultural heritage.

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