Sunday, December 8, 2019

Hue royal court music genres

Hue royal court music is understood music genres including music for dance and opera, used in worshiping ceremonies, national court – organize festivities, and occasions of entertainment for Kings and Royal families.


In its ordinary meaning Court Music is understood music genres including music for dance and opera, used in worshiping ceremonies, national court – organize festivities, and occasions of entertainment for Kings and Royal families. But the term Nha Nhac (imported from China) was used by Vietnamese feudal dynasties from the Ho Dynasty with different meanings, for example sometimes indicating general court music, sometimes court ritual music in particular, sometimes indicating music department, even a concrete orchestra. The modern term “Nha Nhac” (Elegant Music) refers or to the general court music, or to the court ritual music but especially to the second one.
So the different genres of Nguyen Dynasty’s court music (Hue Court Music) include worshiping ritual music, court ritual music, court dances, chamber music an opera (royal classical opera – tuong). In the former times, Hue Court Music consisted of various genres: Giao Nhac used in the sacrifice ceremony to the Heaven and the Earth. Mieu Nhac used in worshipping ceremonies at the temples of meritorious ancestors of the Nguyen clan, Confucius, Nguyen Dynasty’s literature doctors, national heroes; Ngu Tu Nhac used in Than Nong, Thanh Hoang, Xa Tac worshiping ceremonies; Dai Trieu Nhac used in great ceremonies or receptions of foreign ambassadors; Thuong Trieu Nhac used in ordinary court ceremonies; Yen Nhac used in great royal banquets; Cung Nhac (or Cung Trung Nhac) used inside the royal palaces.

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