On Huangmen Guchui as the Function of Ceremonial Band
Abstract: The position of guchui music was unimportant during the Western Han Dynasty, because the original quality of guchui music belongs to the palace folk music at the department of Shaofu, which served personally for the entertainmentof the emperor himself but not for the national ceremony of the empire. The ceremonial band use was started from Eastern Han Dynasty in the royal family, princes group, generals and ministers. That actually significantly improved the position of guchui music and made it develop towards elegance and ritualization. Therefore, the ceremonial band quality of huangmen guchui was the primary and direct impetus for that great advance. When the elegance and ritualization reasonably completed, the odes singing praises to the founding emperor’s military contributions follows.
Key Words:guchui (a kind of music generally played with the percussion and blowing instrument), ceremonial band, huangmen guchui