Changsha Flower-drum Opera
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Originated from folk songs, the flower-drum opera has gradually developed into its primary form with a female and a clown singing and dancing. With Over 400 traditional repertoires, flower-drum opera mainly depicts the folk’s live and tells stories about productive labor, love, and family conflicts. Its language is vivid and has distinctive local colors.
With Changsha accent as its stage language, Changsha Flower-drum Opera is popular in Changsha, Xiangtang, Zhuzhou, Ningxiang, Liuyang and Pingjiang, etc. It has great social impact and thus becomes the most popular flower-drum opera in Hunan Province. It has a history of over one hundred and sixty years and is developed from labor songs, folk songs and local flower drama. A large number of operetta and highlights are the most representative and unique part of Changsha Flower-drum Opera. It has three types of tunes, namely, "Chuandiao" "Daluoqiang" and "Xiaodiao". The accompany band for it can be divided into civil and military scenes.