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Ellie Mao: An Anthology of Chinese Folk Songs

Ellie Mao: An Anthology of Chinese Folk Songs

In this charming collection of Chinese folk songs, Ellie Mao surveys the vast landscape of China’s music with her strong voice, from the Himilayas to the Pacific coast. These songs are often passed by word of mouth from generation to generation, sung in the fields, farmhouses, and festivals. Based on her understanding of Chinese culture, Ellie Mao works carefully to preserve the authenticity of the songs. Many of the songs featured in this anthology have appeared in various collections, but often have had no “public” performances, as “professional” folk singers had just begun to emerge in China at the time of this production. These songs were translated into the traditional Chinese dialect so that they could be more easily understood, but Ellie Mao provides listeners with the authentic Sichuanese dialect in several songs [Disc 2, tracks 1, 2, and 3]. The tracks of these albums provide small snapshots of the joy of life that pervades the spirit of the Chinese people, which can transcend the barriers of language.



在这张令人耳目一新的中国民歌合辑中,旅美音乐家毛爱立(注:曾用名:Ellie Mao,现用名:Ellie Mao Mok)用她震撼人心的嘹亮歌声展现了中国音乐从喜马拉雅山脉到太平洋沿岸不同的广袤图景。这些歌曲通常以口头传唱方式代代相传,主要演唱于田地、农场和节日中。毛爱立老师基于她对中国音乐的理解,努力展现了这些歌曲的原真性。这张选集中的许多歌曲曾出现在一些专辑中,但当时的中国才刚刚出现民歌歌手,所以这些歌曲从未在被公开演出过。为了让人们更好地理解这些音乐,它们曾被翻译成不同的方言,这里毛爱立老师用地道的四川话诠释了第二碟中的1、2、3曲目。它们跨越了语言的障碍为我们展现了中国人民精神深处对生活的歌颂。

Track Listing

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The Sweeping Wind (Kanshu) Ellie Mao 1:13
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102
In a Far-Away Place (Tsing Hai) Ellie Mao 1:57
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103
The Funny Old Man (Tsing Hai) Ellie Mao 1:36
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104
Heartache (Ho Tao Region of Inner Mongolia) Ellie Mao 0:34
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105
Festive Song (Ho Tao Region of Inner Mongolia) Ellie Mao 1:01
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106
The Embroidered Purse (Shansi) Ellie Mao 2:40
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107
Digging Potatoes (Shansi) Ellie Mao 1:08
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108
Wu-Ke Tends the Sheep (Yulin-Shensi) Ellie Mao 3:33
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109
Hanging Red Laterns (Yulin-Shensi) Ellie Mao 2:05
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110
Lo-Ho-Ho (Chekiang) Ellie Mao 1:50
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111
The Nine-Ring Puzzle (Hupei) Ellie Mao 0:55
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112
Clear is the River (Hupei) Ellie Mao 1:11
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113
Kite-Flying (Hunan) Ellie Mao 1:33
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201
When the Gardenias Bloom (Szechuan) Ellie Mao 1:56
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202
Bean Sprouts, Scallions and Garlic Cloves (Szechuan) Ellie Mao 1:38
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203
The Washerwoman (Szechuan) Ellie Mao 1:32
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204
My Love is Like a Dragon in the Sky (Yunnan) Ellie Mao 1:20
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205
The Mule-Driver's Song (Yunnan) Ellie Mao 2:06
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206
The Guessing Song (Yunnan) Ellie Mao 1:47
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207
Riding Up the Hill (Hsi Kang) Ellie Mao 2:02
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208
The Little Birds (Tsing Hai-Uighur Folk Song) Ellie Mao 1:15
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209
Song of the Wagon Driver (Sinkiang-Uighur Folk Song) Ellie Mao 0:49
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210
The Little Swallow (Sinkiang-Khazak folk song) Ellie Mao 1:42
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211
Majira (Sinkiang-Khazak Folk Song) Ellie Mao 1:26
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212
The Happy Fisherman (Traditional) Ellie Mao 1:35
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213
The Little Cabbage (Traditional) Ellie Mao 1:39
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214
The Bamboo Flute (Traditional) Ellie Mao 0:56
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215
Flower Drum Song (Traditional) Ellie Mao 1:23
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