Suona, a very expressive reed instrument with a conical metal bell, is very popular in China's vast countryside in funeral, wedding, and other celebrative occasions. Meanwhile, it is also an indispensable part of a number of local operas in Hebei, Shandong, Liaoning, Shandong, Shaanxi, Shanxi, and Guangdong provinces.

Suona, with a strong rustic and grass-roots flavor nowadays, was also an imported instrument as early as in the Jin dynasty (265-420). As a result of its high-pitched timbre, Suona is good at depicting the joyous, noisy, and magnificent scene.



Bai Niao Chao Feng

Hundreds of birds paying homage to phoenix. This is the best-known Suona tune, which uses Suona to imitate the sounds of various birds, depicting dynamic nature and joyous mood.

Yi Zhi Hua

A flower

He Bei Bang Zi

Bang zi opera tune in Hebei Province

Shan Cun Lai Le Shou Huo Yuan

The salesman comes to the mountain village.

Sai Long Duo Biao

Winning the champion in the dragon boat competition.

Da Zao

Harvesting the date fruits.

Da Bai Dui

A popular in Northern Shaanxi Province, featuring Suona, drums, and other local instruments.
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