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Modern Beijing Opera Sweeping the White Tiger Regiment Arias CD

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Qi Xi Bai Hu Tuan (modern Beijing Opera: Sweeping the White Tiger Regiment)
Performed by Song Yuqing, Fang Rongxiang, Xie Tongxi, Su Min, Shen Jianjin
CD produced by Tianjin Audio-Visual Ltd
ISRC CNC090132900
ISBN 7883080571

In the summer of 1953, Korea, American leading army of the United Nations and Li Cheng Wan's Korean puppet army pretend to talk ceasing fire and really prepare to hit, tear up the armistice talks unilaterally. Their main force, "White Tiger Regiment" is lauching a fierce attack. In order to expose the enemy's peace talk fraud, Yan Weicai (portrayed by Song Yuqing) , the reconnoiter platoon leader from a unit of our volunteers leads the dagger squad, who, under help of Korean People's Army and masses, disguise the part of, make up into American and the Li 's, break through the numerous difficulties, enter within the enemy suddenly, destroy the regiment headquarters of "white tiger regiment", create favorable condition for overall victory of our troops.

8 Model Plays

The so-called eight model plays were officially formed during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). They were the only plays performed at that time. Materials were from the communist activities or related subjects. Actually the then staged modern plays were not just limited to eight. They are the "The Legend of Red Lantern", "Sha Jia Bang", "The Harbor", "Takeover of Wei-Hu Mountain", "Hymn of Dragon River", "Battle on the Plain", "The Du-Juan Mountain", "Sweeping the White Tiger Regiment", "Pan-Shi-Wan" and "Red Woman Detachment". The model plays were then " translated" into other local operas. Usually that means adopting the play scripts as they were and changing the music accordingly.

Modern plays can be understood as a trial of reform to this grand old art. Traditional plays feature the stories of ancient or pre-modern Chinese history. There are certain forms for the costumes, the character face paintings, stage properties, musical melodies and stage actions. But most of these are not applicable to the modern plays. For example, modern weapons, such as pistols and rifles, are used on the stage in stead of pears and swords. Therefore new perforating forms were developed. The most famous change in the modern plays is the use of a huge orchestra including violins, piano etc instead of the usually small musical group, producing the most beautiful sounding effect. Stage setting was also enriched. Painted or light projected scenes were adopted. Costumes were different from the traditional plays. There were hardly any makeup applied. Therefore there was no face painted in the plays although some of the roles were still classified as painted faces.

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