In 1953, 19-year-old Hu Tianquan joined the army's art troupe as a performer, in the Jinan Military Region. In 1958 he transferred to the avant-garde troupe, where he served as a sheng soloist, band instructor, art director and artistic director of missions. Since then, he has continued to develop his skill and artistry. Besides being a national performer of the first class, he is artistic director of the Jinan Military Region, a member of the Chinese Music Association, executive director of the China Nationalities Orchestra Society, and president of Professional Committee, Shandong Province Music Association. Traditionally, the sheng has been used as an accompaniment instrument for solo suona or dizi performances. It is one of the main instruments in kunqu and some other forms of Chinese opera.
Traditional small ensembles also make use of the sheng, such as the wind and percussion ensembles in northern China. In the modern large Chinese orchestra, it is used for both melody and accompaniment. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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|The Phoenix Spreading its Wings|
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