Liao Zhais folk songs
The spreading area of Liaozhai slang mainly distributes in Zibo City, Shandong Province. The Pu family and its descendants are the main inheritors. Liaozhai slang is a unique traditional folk music literary genre formed by Pu Songling, a great writer in the early Qing Dynasty, matching his own singing books with the popular tunes of the time. It is a kind of rap and drama written by Pu Songling in Zichuan dialect. Its form is similar to today's Piano Book rap and local opera. The tune used is sung by borrowing dozens of kinds of music (filling in lyrics) circulated at that time. (Since there is no music in the works, only oral transmission, so far, only a dozen records have been compiled by recording). Because Pu Songling's Zhai is called "Liaozhai", it is called "Liaozhai slang" and also known as "Pu Songling slang".
On May 20, 2006, Liaozhai slang was approved by the State Council to be included in the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage list.
Pu Songling (1640-1715) was a Qing Dynasty novelist, with the character of Liuxian, a swordsman, the name of Liuquan Jushi, and Zichuan (Zibo, Shandong Province today). Born in a declining landlord family, Shuxiang family, but the fame is not obvious. Father Pu abandoned studying and doing business, but read the history of Confucian classics extensively and learned a lot. When Pu Songling was 19 years old, he took the first place in counties, prefectures and Taoist schools. He had a good literary name, but he failed many times in the future. When he was 20 years old, he tied up with fellow fellow students Wang Luzhan, Li Ximei and Zhang Duqing to form the Yunzhong Poetry Society. He was invited to study at Li Ximei's home because his family was poor. At the age of 31-32, at the invitation of Baoyingzhi County and Sun Hui, a good friend of Tongyi Jinshi, he went to Baoying County, Yangzhou Prefecture, Jiangsu Province as a curtain guest. This is the only time in his life that he has traveled south from his hometown, which is of great significance to his creation. He had a deep experience of the natural landscapes, customs and customs of the South, corruption in official circles and the suffering of the people. He also made friends with some southern lower-class singers. After returning to the north, he lived by setting up libraries at the Ji Gentlemen's house. The owner's library was rich, which enabled him to hunt extensively. At the age of 71, he withdrew his account and returned home, living a life of drinking, poetry and leisure entertainment. In his lifetime, he was keen on imperial examination, but failed to achieve it. At the age of 72, he made up one year-old Gongsheng student, so he had a deep experience of the unreasonable imperial examination system. In addition, since childhood, I like folk literature, collect widely the strange stories of ghosts and ghosts, absorb creative nutrition, melt into my own life experience, and create an outstanding collection of classical Chinese short stories "Strange Stories from Liaozhai". With the fantasy story of the flower demon and fox charm, it reflects the real life and places the author's ideal on it. In addition to Strange Tales from Liaozhai, there are four volumes of anthology and six volumes of poetry; miscellaneous writings such as Provincial Sayings and Huaijinglu; three kinds of operas and 14 kinds of popular slang.
Zichuan is one of the important districts of folk songs in Ming and Qing Dynasties. Pu Songling's Xipu Bijia, who has been sitting in the hall for more than 30 years, is a noble family, and has always had the tradition of compiling and singing slang, which has prepared Pu Songling with excellent social atmosphere and conditions for compiling slang stories. Pu Songling set the experience of his life, gathering the essence of the Qing folk song, and taking the Quju of the various imperial tunes and the tunes of the north and South Song, and completed the creation of 15 pieces of the folk song. Whether in literature or music, these slang songs are of great value. Liaozhai's folk songs include Playing with Children, Yue'e Lang, Pink Lotus and Overlapped Bridge.
In terms of writing time, except for the shorter ones written in the middle age of the author, the rest are mostly written in the late years. From the point of view of writing motivation, the author is to "break through the mystery of the village mediocrity, and awaken the dream of the city", in order to persuade the good and punish the evil, change customs. The direct motive of most works written in Xipu is to please the widow's wife, Mrs. Wang (Wang Yuyang's aunt).
From the point of writing form, Liaozhai slang has experienced a process of development from short stories to long stories, and a process of evolution from simple piano-book rap to stage performance, such as the final completion of "The Curse of Jealousy", "The Hardship Song" and "The Story of the Wall". The author's thoughts also changed from self-pity and self-congratulation to the highest realm of common sorrow and joy.
From the content of the works, half of them are adapted from Liaozhai Zhiyi: Aunt's Song, Coral , Mercy Song, Zhang Cheng, Nightmare Turning, Envy Curse, Jiangcheng, Rich Fairy and Hardship Song, Zhang Hongjian, Hansen Song, Shang Sanguan and Xi Fangping. Most of the works reflect the family ethical relations such as mother-in-law (Aunt-in-law song), husband and wife (envy curse), stepmother and son, brother (mercy song), father and son (wallflower), neighborhood relations (such as nightmare turning), social injustice (such as "rich and noble fairies", "tribulation song", "cold song"), until the court's absurdity. (e.g. Supplementary Lucky Cloud Opera). Except for a few games, the author's salvation and conscience are immersed in them. Some works are still full of enlightenment.
Liaozhai slang vividly reflects the people's life in the late feudal era, which is popular with the masses. It has long been spread in contemporary society and has become a unique form of mass art in Shandong. The unique charm of Liaozhai slang opera has influenced the development of other sisters'art. Taking opera as an example, the adapted scripts of slang opera stories include Wuyin opera, Liuzi opera, Sichuan opera, Beijing opera, Qin opera and Hebei Bangzi.
The existing 15 kinds of Liaozhai slang manuscripts (the original works lost) have been sorted out and published. There are more than 50 pieces of original Qupai left. In 1962, more than 10 pieces were collected, and more than 30 pieces were searched and translated from ancient books and literature. There are still some missing Qupai to be found. The people who can sing slang are getting old, and the researchers of slang are few, so it is necessary to rescue and protect them.
The state attaches great importance to the protection of intangible cultural heritage. On May 20, 2006, Liaozhai slang was approved by the State Council to be included in the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage list.