Trumpet in Chinese: Xiao Hua

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by SmoothOperator, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. SmoothOperator

    SmoothOperator Mezzo Forte User

    Jul 14, 2010
    So I got to digging around, and it seems there are some trumpet pieces. It helps to know the Chinese characters for trumpet,小号, xiao hua. A red herring is the suona, which gets translated as Chinese trumpet, but is actually more akin to a high pitched oboe. Interestingly there is a Chinese instrument called xiao, which is an end blown flute akin to a shakuhachi. An alternate translation of the two characters, is xiao or laughing and hua speech, laughing talk.

    There are quite some arrangements of Chinese folk songs, I suspect these are done at a Conservatory, where the Chinese dedicate there lives to an instrument at a young age as happens with many cultural pursuits.
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    This isChinese song and arrangement "Chariot Riding" which appears to be a play on the epic and challenging erhu(fiddle) tune "Horse Racing", though some of the arrangement sounds familiar to me.

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