Just came back from my talk at Boston College. It’s titled “Peking Opera Percussion: Concept, Luogujing, and Patterns.” This presentation provided an overview of the formation, functions, and use of percussion music in Peking opera performance with live demonstration and some video clips. In the last part of the presentation, students were guided to learn how to recite the verbal syllables of luogujing, the oral notation representing the core instruments in the ensemble, and had chance to pick up the instruments for some practice. Due to the time limitation, students were only able to playing one pattern, Sijitou 四擊頭 and experienced the real sounds and playing of the music.
Anyway, it’s always great to see engaged and enthusiastic students sitting in the classroom and enjoyed the music they might never experienced.