Music marathon harmonizes east and west

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Chinese musicians will partake in two days of music marathon, appealing to young audiences during the summer vacation.

On Aug 21, from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm, Chinese musicians will play Western music works from different periods, such as Baroque, Classical and Romantic, featuring a diversity of Western musical instruments. They will use uncommonly seen musical instruments like fortepiano, an early form of the piano originating in the 18th and early 19th centuries and having a smaller range and softer timbre than a modern piano, to instruments like cello, violin and piano. Choral singing and chamber music will also be featured on the day.

On Aug 27, musicians who play traditional Chinese musical instruments will perform, showcasing the versatility of Chinese musicians. These musicians will use traditional instruments such as flute, sheng, erhu, pipa, drum and guzheng. They will also display the musical instruments by combining Chinese music with Western musical instruments.

The two concerts will both be held at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, with a goal of introducing Western and Chinese music to young people.

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