Beijing Opera Arias

List of Aria sound tracks

Arias are very important parts in a play. Beijing Opera is nicknamed as "Pi Huang Opera" because Xi Pi and Er Huang melodies form the base of its arias. Xi Pi is believed taken from Hubei Opera which was formed under the influence of Shaanxi Opera (or Qing Qiang). Er Huang is from Anhui Opera. Xi Pi, generally quick, fluent and light, expresses happiness or agitation and excitement. Er Huang is stable and strong and is generally used to express a thinking mood. Each melody has a lot of variations and thus is not really bounded by the above definition.

The timing of a melody is indicated by Ban and Yan. Ban is the accented or strong beat while the Yan the unaccented or weak beat. Xi Pi starts from the weak and Er Huang starts from a strong beat. There are common and different tempos. The former includes Dao Ban or starting timing, Man Ban or slow timing, Yuan Ban or medium time, Kuai Ban or quick timing and San Ban or free timing etc. Man Ban is used for thinking or self-talking. Yuan Ban and Kuan Ban are for narrative and excitement or happiness, respectively. Qing Yi, Hua Dan, Dao Ma Dan, Guei Men Dan and Xiao Sheng use high-pitched, falsetto voices. The singing and speak of a Xiao Sheng are hard to perform. The player must alter his voice and impose a great strain on his voice in both cases. Jing, Lao Sheng, Lao Dan and Chou all sing in natural voices. But the painted face actor's voice is a resonant and deep sound. This voice is applied all the time to both singing and speaking.

Speak in Beijing Opera is as important as the arias. There are two types of voices. One is Yun Bai, a constrained and poetical voice, and the other is Jing Bai, the natural voice.

First edition: November 11, 1995
Last revision: February 2, 1998
Copyright 1995-1998 by Xu-Ming Wang.
Reprinted by permission


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  1. As If Awaken From A Dream: a Jing aria from Orphan of Zhao Family;
  2. Chun Qiu Pagoda 1: a Dan aria from Unicorn-trapping Purse;
  3. Chun Qiu Pagoda 2: another Dan aria from Unicorn-trapping Purse;

  4. Daughter of Poverty: a Lao Sheng aria from The Legend of A Red Lantern;
  5. A Red-Bright Heart: a Gui Men Dan aria from The Legend of A Red Lantern;
  6. A Bowl of Farewell Wine: a Lao Sheng aria from The Legend of A Red Lantern;
  7. Treasure Of Father: a Gui Men Dan aria from The Legend of A Red Lantern;
  8. Hatred Seeds in Heart: a Gui Men Dan aria from The Legend of A Red Lantern;
  9. Blood Debt: a Lao Dan aria from The Legend of A Red Lantern;
  10. Never Off Battle Field: a Gui Men Dan aria from The Legend of A Red Lantern;

  11. Commies: a Lao Sheng aria from Taking the Wei-Hu Mountain by Strategy;
  12. Hunting Tiger: a Lao Sheng aria from Taking the Wei-Hu Mountain by Strategy;
  13. Hot Blood: a Lao Sheng aria from Taking the Wei-Hu Mountain by Strategy;
  14. Soldiers of Workers and Peasants: a Lao Sheng aria from Taking the Wei-Hu Mountain by Strategy;
  15. Our Own Troop: a Jing aria from Taking the Wei-Hu Mountain by Strategy;
  16. Sun In Bosom: a Lao Sheng aria from Taking the Wei-Hu Mountain by Strategy;

  17. Home In AnYuan: a Qing Yi aria from Du-Juan Mountain;

  18. Mental Battle: a combined Lao Sheng-Qing Yi-Jing aria from Sha Jia Bang;
  19. Learn from A Taisan Pine: a Lao Sheng aria from Sha Jia Bang;
  20. Denoucing Enemy: a Lao Dan aria from Sha Jia Bang;

  21. Return to Opera Page.


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