Ancient Music Research—Explore the Past and Present Lives of China’s Jiahu Bone Flute

  • Kai Yang Dongseo University;Zhengzhou University
Keywords: Chinese bone flute, Playing production, Cultural genes, Inheritance, Development


From 1985 to 2013, a total of more than 40 Neolithic bone flutes were unearthed in Jiahu Village, Wuyang, Henan. Since the advent of Jiahu bone flute, many domestic and foreign scholars have conducted all-round research, extending from the naming of it to The research on Chinese “flute” music has further developed to the textual research of ancient temperament and scale, surpassing the research of experts and scholars to thinking about the origin of music, etc. It can be said that Jiahu bone flute provides us but we have to It is said that Jiahu bone flute has almost no reference materials, and there are still disputes in the academic circles on certain issues, so it adds disadvantages to the research of Jiahu bone flute, which is mainly based on the existing research results. Beginning with combing the Chinese flute wind instruments, to comparing the playing methods and production methods of the bone flute with the current bamboo flute, resulting in some well-known “cultural genes” inherited forms, from different angles to Jiahu bone flute further research.


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