Shen Yun music: Sound of the celestial empire

Sounds of the Celestial Empire: An Interview With Shen Yun Cellist Yuchien Yuan

Shen Yun is a new type of classical music that has been appearing in the United States. It takes western classical music, but adds many of the traditional instruments that are present in Chinese traditional music.

Key Takeaways:

  • Shen Yun has the usual classical orchestra, but there are some additions like the pipa and erhu instruments.
  • When they are playing music they are trying to capture the essence of the various Chinese styles.
  • A lot of the music are stories being told about the past dynasties
Shen Yun Performing Arts cellist Yuchien Yuan.
Shen Yun Performing Arts cellist Yuchien Yuan. (Larry Dye/Shen Yun Performing Arts)

Shen Yun is just more than music. It tells a story. The stories come from traditional Chinese lore. It also added various ethnic styles related to Chinese, like Mongolian and Tibetan for example. There are many ethnic styles that are used and it’s believe to be around 50 in China.

In our modern world so jampacked with noise, the sound of the cello still makes you stop and listen, Yuan mused.

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