Suona is a traditional Chinese musical instrument. It is a double reed horn that originated in ancient Iran and was called “Srna” at that time. It has been used for festivals and military purposes for a long time and is very familiar to the Chinese people. It was also an indispensable instrument of ritual music in Taiwan. Suona was transmitted from Eastern Europe and West Asia to China. It is an instrument that almost always appears in the world of traditional Chinese music.
This instrument was born in China.
History of Suona
Charmera is a double reed instrument that was propagated from Eastern Europe and West Asia to China. It first appeared in the late Han dynasty. The term charmera is derived from the Arabic name of the instrument, Zurna. It is depicted in paintings made in the 3rd and 5th centuries at the Buddhist cave temple of Kisir. The sound of Suona, which is ideal for processions and the army, has also been adopted by military bands and is also used in ancient and medieval China. Although not mentioned in Chinese literature until the Ming dynasty, by this time Suona had already been established in northern China. Suona has also spread overseas. It was introduced to the Cubans of Havana and used as a traditional musical instrument. Known locally as Corneta China, it has been one of the leading instruments of Santiago de Cuba’s conga carnival music since 1915. In Havana, it is known as “Trompeta China”. In the United States, jazz saxophonist Dewey Redman often played Suona in performances, which he called the “Musette.” British bassist and saxophonist Mick Karn used the instrument as Dida.Save 22% with code 22TIXBFCM
Features of Suona
Suona is a double reed woodwind instrument. The mouthpiece is connected to a wooden pipe shaft with holes and flared copper ends. The notes are played with fingering, and the player uses his mouth to control the volume, pitch, and timbre of the Suona. Skillfully played Suona produces a distinct, bright sound that sometimes resembles a bird’s bark. Charmera had a conical wooden body similar to the garling horn used by the Tibetan people. Since the mid-20th century, a “modernized” version of Suona has been developed in China. Allows chromatic scale performance and equal temperament tuning. Used in the woodwind section of modern large Chinese traditional instrument orchestras in China, Taiwan and Singapore. It is also used in modern music arrangements and often appears in pop songs.Introducing MW75 Active Noise-Cancelling Wireless Headphones
Suona is often used mainly in traditional Chinese music.