Fengyang flower drum

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Fengyang flower drum

Fengyang flower drum is also known as "flower drum", "beating flower drum", "flower drum gong", "double drum" and so on. Fengyang flower drum originated in Linhuai County, Fengyang Prefecture (now Eastern Fengyang County) and is a traditional folk performing art which integrates music and dance. However, speaking and singing performance in the form of folk art is the most important and famous, which is generally believed to have formed in the Ming Dynasty.

Fengyang Flower Drum, Flower Drum Lantern and Flower Drum Opera are also called "Three Flowers of Fengyang". Fengyang flower drum is mainly distributed in Fengyang County, lighting, Xiaoxi River and other townships. The performance form of its musical form is accompanied by a person or two playing small drums and gongs while dancing and singing. Historically, artists mostly used this as a means of making a living by going out to sell art, so Fengyang Huagu spread all over the Yangtze River. During the reign of Emperor Kangxi and Emperor Qianlong of Qing Dynasty, many literati's poems and essays recorded the lively scene of singing and dancing in Fengyang Huagu performance. After the mid-Qing Dynasty, the dancing factors gradually faded out from the folk Fengyang flower drum, leaving only the singing part, which was divided into "sitting and singing" and "singing door head".

Fengyang Huagu is a traditional folk opera art treasure rooted in Fengyang. It has the reputation of Fengyang's "unique" and has been listed in the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage.

In 2006, Fengyang Huagu was selected as the national intangible cultural heritage.

Historical origin

the Ming dynasty

Historically, Zhu Yuanzhang established the Ming Dynasty and migrated to Fengyang Palace. Because of the population explosion and famine in Fengyangfu area, these migrant households in the south of the Yangtze River hope to return to the south of the Yangtze River, but Zhu Yuanzhang strictly forbids them to leave the Fengyangfu, so they have come up with a way to leave the Fengyangfu in disguise of selling art and making a living by playing drums and singing songs. In the Ming and Qing Dynasties, as Fengyang Prefecture (now northern Anhui Province) was a long-term disaster area of "three years of evil floods, three years of drought and three years of locust infestation", every autumn, there were groups of women selling and singing to survive. At the same time, there are professional artists who sell and sing all over the country with flower drums on their backs. At the end of the Ming Dynasty, the scope of circulation continued to expand and the performance was unprecedented. At the end of the Qing Dynasty, Fengyang Flower Drum spread more widely, and some even traveled across the sea to Southeast Asia.

the Qing dynasty

During the reign of Qianlong, some people adapted the Fengyang flower drum singing by the two men into Fengyang flower drum singing and dancing, and performed for the emperor in the court. In the book "Continuation of Neon Dresses" compiled during Qianlong period, songs and dances such as "Flower Drum Xianrui" and "Drum Music Chengxiang" were included. By the 1930s, Fengyang flower drums were widely circulated on records. Shanghai record companies such as "Baidai", "Shengsheng", "Greater China" have produced a large number of Phoenix drum records. After liberation, Fengyang Huagu's performances appeared in the films such as Dalu, Lalangpai, Julan and Chunxiao of Guxiang.

After the founding of PRC

After China's reform and opening up, the form and content of Fengyang Huagu have also changed greatly. Fengyang flower drum has become a tool for Fengyang people to enjoy themselves. Flower drum singing is more popular in urban and rural areas. Whenever there are happy events or guests, Fengyang people always perform enthusiastically to express their joy. All along, the children of Fengyang County still dance this local characteristic dance during festivals, maintaining the characteristics of the ancient city. Flower drum playing, dancing steps, gestures, singing and so on have been integrated into modern singing and dancing techniques. While maintaining strong local characteristics, the forms are more lively and diverse, the atmosphere is more warm and happy, and the reputation of Fengyang Flower Drum is also growing. Fengyang Folk Flower Drum Art Group has participated in many national and provincial folk art performances and competitions, participated in the shooting of many films and television, and won prizes in the whole country. Fengyang Huagu also went abroad to perform in Japan and won praise.

After the founding of New China, Fengyang Flower Drum, a traditional folk song and dance performance, has been retained as a traditional folk art, and has become a folk song and dance performance form to celebrate the harvest, celebrate festivals and reflect the happy life of the working people.

Artistic characteristics

Forms of expression

The initial manifestation of Fengyang flower drum is Gufu two, one drum beating, one Gong beating, oral tune, flower drum Gong as an accompaniment instrument during the interlude period. Most of the songs sung at that time were "seasonal tunes", mainly "Fengyang Song", "Flower Tune", "Wang Sanjie's Collection", "Meng Jiangnu" and so on. In the early 1950s, new writers and artists reformed Fengyang flower drums and adopted some new expressive techniques, excluding gongs and singing with special drums. The flower drums were exquisite and exquisite, with a diameter of about three inches, and the drum bars were two bamboo roots about 1.5 feet. Performers hold drums in one hand and beat drum noodles with drumsticks in the other hand, hence the name "double drums".


Fengyang flower drums are sung in folk tunes, with nearly 100 repertoires. "Fengyang beggars" in Zhao Yi's "Qi Yu Congkao" of the Qing Dynasty wrote: "Every year in the counties of the south of the Yangtze River, Fengyang people will come every winter. Old and young men and women will come in teams and scatter into villages to beg for food, and they will return in February and March of the next spring." Among them is a famous song of Fengyang, which sings: "Say Fengyang, Dao Fengyang, beat flowers and drums, Fengyang is really a good place. Chilong rises to the sky, Jin Fengxiang counts the stars in the sky, and points how many Fengyang will be." It is said that Fengyang, Dao Fengyang and the beating of flowers and drums by hand are really a good place. Emperor En is a magnificent place all the year round. He is happy on both sides of the Huaihe River if he does not serve in corvee and does not accept grain. According to the records of the Qing Dynasty, the early flower drums were "melancholy and intoxicating".

Another popular song is "left-handed gongs, right-handed drums, gongs and drums in hand to sing, I can not sing other songs, singing a Fengyang song alone".

Inheritance significance

Fengyang Huagu has been impacted by the tide of market economy, inheriting faults and facing the danger of losing inheritance. At present, the original Fengyang flower drum has tended to decline, which contains rich artistic resources are far from being excavated. This precious folk art heritage needs to be protected.

In order to save this artistic treasure, Fengyang local government implemented Fengyang Flower Drum Art Protection Project, established Fengyang Flower Drum Research Institute and Fengyang Flower Drum Township Art Troupe, set up Fengyang Flower Drum Art School, prepared Fengyang Flower Drum Art Museum, organized Fengyang Flower Drum Folk Artists and their professional creative artists to conduct in-depth research, collection and collation of Flower Drum.

Inheritance status

The first China Fengyang Huagu Cultural Tourism Festival was held in Fengyang, Anhui Province, from September 12 to September 19, 2006, followed by the second from October 22 to 31, 2007, and the third from October 24 to 31.

After the 21st century, Fengyang County attaches great importance to the protection and inheritance of Fengyang Flower Drum, an art full of rich folk traditions and local characteristics. In September 2006, Fengyang Flower Drum Culture Tourism Festival was successfully held with the theme of "Knocking Fengyang Flower Drum, Singing Economic Drama".

The theme of the festival is "New Fengyang, New Development". The Festival lasts for 10 days, including large-scale literary and artistic performances, cultural tourism industry development and Fengyang Folk Customs and Culture Week.

Since 2007, the original Fengyang flower drum has tended to decline, and the rich artistic resources contained in it are far from being excavated. This precious folk art heritage needs to be protected.