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Buddhist harvest celebrations

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 19 November 2000

In the third of Lucy Duran's profiles of China she visits the rural village of Gaoqiao, famous for its virtuoso folk band. She also joins in the harvest celebrations at a Buddhist temple in Beijing, the first time this festival music has been allowed to be heard since the start of the Cultural Revolution.

Music and featured items

13 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Small farming village of Gaoqiao.

    Lucy visits a farming village of Gaoqiao, a great place to hear rural Chinese music.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Gaoqiao Ritual Music Association

      Gaoqiao Ritual Music Association Spring View

    • Image for Gaoqiao Ritual Music Association

      Gaoqiao Ritual Music Association Horse in a Stable

  • Music from Gaoqiao.

    Lucys's guide explains that the music from Gaoqiao is the finest example of rural music.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Gaoqiao Ritual Music Association

      Gaoqiao Ritual Music Association Evil Spirits

  • 17th century music manuscript.

    Lucy’s guide tells her about the discovery of a 17th century music manuscript.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Gaoqiao Ritual Music Association

      Gaoqiao Ritual Music Association A prayer for a peaceful life, hope for peace suite

  • Special festival ritual in a temple.

    Lucy is in central Beijing in a temple where a special festival ritual is being performed.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Beijing Buddhist Ensemble

      Beijing Buddhist Ensemble unknown

  • Buddhist musical tradition.

    Lucy’s guide explains the origins of the 2000 year old Buddhist musical tradition.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Beijing Buddhist Ensemble

      Beijing Buddhist Ensemble unknown

    • Image for Beijing Buddhist Ensemble

      Beijing Buddhist Ensemble unknown

    • Image for Buddhist Temple Monks

      Buddhist Temple Monks Chanting during temple procession

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