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Flute and Drum Music at Sunset (Excerpt), Performed by Wu Man

Popular since the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), a handwritten score for this traditional pipa piece first appeared in 1875 and contained seven untitled sections. The present score from which this excerpt is derived has eight subtitled sections and is taken from Li Fangyuan's New Collection of Thirteen Pipa Score (1895).

Xi Yang Xiao Gu, Flute and Drum Music at Sunset

I. The Sound of Bells and Drums from a Distant Temple along the River
II. Moon on the Eastern Mountain
III. Breeze over the Quiet Water
IV. Shadows of Flowers
V. Clouds and Water Far Away Become as One
VI. A Fisherman's Song in the Evening
VII. Waves Lapping at the Shore
VIII. The Returning Boat

Filmed in the Astor Chinese Garden Court at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on April 13, 2016

Production support was provided by The Augustine Foundation.

Producer and Director: Kate Farrell
Production Coordinator: Lisa Rifkind
Jib: Kelly Richardson
Camera: Dia Felix
Lighting Design: Ned Hallick
Gaffers: Foster McLaughlin, Mary Ellen Stebbins
Editor: Kaelan Burkett
Graphics: Natasha Mileshina

Organized by the Department of Musical Instruments
J. Kenneth Moore, Frederick P. Rose Curator in Charge
Jayson Kerr Dobney, Associate Curator and Administrator
Bradley Strauchen-Scherer, Associate Curator
Tim Caster, Principal Departmental Technician
Marian Eines, Associate for Administration
Pamela Summey, Programs Coordinator
Gillian Suss, Collections Management Assistant

Support from the Department of Objects Conservation
Manu Frederickx, Associate Conservator
Jennifer Schnitker, Assistant Conservator

© 2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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