Viet Nam: Hat Cheo - Traditional Folk Theatre CD
Hat cheo is a form of popular musical theatre dating back to the 11th century. Appreciated especially in the northern part of the country, the historical plays and social satires portray village characters such as farmers, herdsmen, craftsmen, and landowners. In addition, the singers also play the roles of clowns, drunks, and madwomen, criticizing and making fun of the village authorities in their performances. The traditional hat cheo musical ensemble consists of two-string fiddles, flute, and drums while modern re-creations use more instruments.
This recording dates from the 1970s and includes the performances of several acknowledged hat cheo masters. The album was annotated by Vietnamese musicologist Tran Van Khe.
This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being re-released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available again, including a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.
1. Thi Nhip; Vo Nuoc (Prologue) - 4:16
2. Noi Su Ghe Rau; Noi Ke (Declamation) - 4:06
3. Sap Co Phong (Happy song in ancient style) - 2:28
4. Sap Qua Cau (Crossing the bridge: happy song) - 4:32
5. Duong Truong Tai Luong (In the expectation: sad song) - 5:40
6. Hat Van Cam (Sad song) - 2:48
7. Sa Lech Bang (Happy song) - 2:36
8. Bai Phu Thuy (Sorcerer's chant) - 7:02
9. Noi Lech; Cam Gia (Declamation: song) - 5:58
10. Ke Hanh; Hat Ru Ke (Declamation: song) - 4:46
11. Lao Say (Old drunkard's song) - 2:03
12. He Moi (Song of clown with a torch) - 3:45
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