Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Hue royal court dances

Together with Hue royal court music, former Hue royal court dances were rich and performed on many occasions. The royal court orchestras were divers in type and number of instruments, depending on the kind of royal rituals and entertainment.


Former Hue court dances were rich and performed on many occasions. The 11 court dances’, remained until now are composed of Bat Dat (used in Giao, Mieu, Xa Tac, historical kings and Confucius worshipping ceremonies); Luc cung (used in van tho, thanh tho, tien tho and the Mu – a Fairy or Guardian angel worshipping ceremonies); Tam tinh chuc tho) (used in van tho, thanh tho, tien tho and thien xuan worshiping ceremonies, praying for happiness, gifts from deities and long life); Bat tien hien tho) (used in van tho, thanh tho, tien tho ceremonies) Trinh tuong tap khanh (used in tu, ngu tuan dai khanh ceremonies for wealthy people and powerful country; Dau Chien thang Phat (used in van tho, thanh tho, tien tho and Mu worshiping ceremonies to destroy evil spirits; Tu Linh including Lan Mau xuat lan nhi (used in van tho, thanh tho, tien tho and Mu worshipping ceremonies); Nu tuong xuat quan (used on the Days of Victory, Nguyen Dynasty Enthroning Day, lunar calendar May 2sd, at great night banquets and receptions of foreign ambassadors); Vu phien (devoted to the King’s Mother, wife, ladies-in-waiting, princesses at weddings), Tam quoc Tay Du (on van tho, thanh tho, tien tho ceremonies); Luc triet hoa ma dang (on Nguyen Dynasty Enthroning Day for the watching of the people masses in the front of Phu Van Lau).

The repertoire for court music genres mentioned above consisted of a variety musical pieces. Yet, in the declining stages, many of them were lost; only the words have been remained. The pieces still preserved are Muoi ban ngu (Pham tuyet, Nguyen tieu, Ho quang, Lien hoan, Binh ban, Tay mai, Kim tien, Xuan phong, Long ho, Tau ma) Long dang, Long ngam, Phu Luc, Tieu khuc, Tam luan Cuu chuyen, Dang dan cung, Dang dan don, Dang dan kep, Thai binh co nhac, Bong, Ma vu, Man and some other pieces of chamber music such as Nam Binh and Nam Ai, etc.

Nguyen Dynasty court orchestras were divers in type and number of instruments, depending on the kind of royal rituals and entertainment. There were many kinds of orchestra for example Nha nhac, Huyen nhac, Ti truc te nhac, Tieu nhac, Dai nhac, Co xuy dai nhac, Nhac Thieu, Bat am, Ty chung, Ty khanh, Ty co, etc.

What, at present, is left from Hue Court Music is Dai nhac and Tieu nhac (including orchestras and pieces mainly preserved at folk festivities), court dances with an accompanying music part, chamber music (that has been popularized and has new elements, melodies from Hue folk music) and tuong or hat Boi however the specific style of former royal tuong was almost lost). Apart from the genres and pieces of music mentioned above, others will gradually be restored

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