Lion's Roar, The

by Han Kuo-Huang and Patricia Shehan Campbell

Chinese Luogu Percussion Ensembles

The Lion's Roar is an exciting introduction to the fire and fury of traditional percussion ensembles. For the first time in English, readers are presented with the cultural and historical background of the tradition, an overview of instruments, and transcriptions for eleven ensembles, four of which include songs featuring melody instruments and Chinese words.

The text is engaging and easy to follow, and the ensembles are appropriate for use by groups from elementary school through adult. Music and social studies faculty, students of Chinese music and culture, and ethnomusicologists will find The Lion's Roar fascinating, thorough and very accessible.

Ensembles include: Lion Dances, Dragon Dance, Festival Parade, Flower-ball Dance, processionals, and others.

The 8.5" x 11" book includes:

  • Copy-OK transcriptions for each piece
  • Mnemonics (chanted rhythm patterns) for each piece
  • Step-by-step guide to mastery and performance
  • Cultural Context
  • Map
  • Guides for adapting classroom instruments
  • 16 photographs; paper-cuts, drawings
  • Glossary and Pronunciation Guide
  • Bibliography
  • Index

The companion audio recording includes:

  • Chinese ensemble directed by Han
  • Mnemonics and performances as written in the book
  • Every selection in the book is on the recording

Set of 13 full color downloadable images (created from the original slides) with teacher's guide includes photos of:

  • Traditional Chinese instruments
  • Performing ensembles
  • Lion Dance

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The Lion's Roar - Chinese Luogu Percussion Ensembles - Book/CD/Downloadable Images
The Lion's Roar - Chinese Luogu Percussion Ensembles - Downloadable Kit
Downloadable PDFs, Performance/Accompaniment MP3s, and JPGs: 66.3MB
The Lion's Roar - Chinese Luogu Percussion Ensembles - Convenience Combo Kit (kit w/CD & download)
(both Print and Downloadable versions: 66.3MB download)
Song Title
Shi Wu (Lion Dance) I and II in AABBAA form
Longwang Xiahai (Dragon King Entering The Sea)
Lian Xi Qu, (Practice Exercise) part A with mnemonic chant