Guandong Music Museum

Guandong Music Museum, Guangzhou: Address, Phone Number, Guandong Music Museum Reviews: 3.5/5

Guandong Music Museum
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Douglas M
Guangzhou, China1,973 contributions
Luckily The Band Was Playing
Sep 2018 • Couples
I visited this museum when SWMBO and I took a day trip to ShaWan Ancient Town (TA reviewed). I say I visited because SWMBO really isn’t into music of any sort, and besides we visited the place two years ago and not much has changed except this time there was a live Cantonese opera.

I waved my ‘all inclusive’ town ticket at the door and strolled in past the chap sitting at the desk at the entrance. In the entrance hall there are a few Chinese instruments on display along with various music manuscripts.

However, there was a more urgent business because from the back of the building emanated the sound of ‘live’ Cantonese Opera. Well, it could have been Chinese Opera but I can’t tell the difference and besides this is Canon. Anyway, there was a band of Chinese instruments including erhu, guzheng and laba. Of course, there was a saxophone which looked like a tenor but could have been a C melody. They were blowing, scraping and bonging away while a couple of ‘singers’ in mufti warbled as only Chinese Opera singers can. There was a small audience, plonked myself down in wooden chair and I was made immediately welcome with the traditional glass of hot water.

After five minutes or so it was the band’s break-time and they trooped outside for tea, a chat and a ciggy while I was free to explore the rest of the museum.

Upstairs are a few more display cases with instruments, manuscripts and a few records. Plenty of stuff about composers and performers but everything in the museum is in Chinese so most was well beyond me.

There’s a wall display about Chinese music notation. Interesting but only if you are into transposing instruments, keys and scales.

There are toilets at the back on this floor.

It’s a lovely old building, as ever look up and admire the craftsmanship.
Back downstairs and another wander round, this time with no band to distract me. There’s a display case next to the entrance door of manuscripts for sale. I bought for 15 Yuan cash a very nice book of Chinese music. You’ll hardly ever see ‘real’ Chinese music written as dots. Playing the numbers rather than the dots takes practice.

I strolled out of the door where the band and singers were still enjoying their ciggies in the sunshine. I met-up with SWMBO and we continued our wander around the town.
Written September 6, 2018
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