Do Unique Skill Disappear – Decipherment and Reflect on “Ba Yin Lian Huan, Wu Yin Lian Tan, Er Ren Lian Tan”
Abstract: This paper was decipherment and sorting out that the literatures and documents, materials of audio-video and pictures related to two titles of “Ba yin lianhuan” and “Wu yin lian tan” since the late Qing Dynasty. Through appreciation of audiovisual materials about unique skill performing that would be soon disappear, strive to tracing the source of, explored the “origin” of instruments ensemble pattern of “Ba yin lian huan”, which named because of Qu yi (story telling) performance; after a hundred years of handing down it appeared the declining tendency, then simplified the form of “Wu yin lian tan” that still visible nowadays. The Shanghai style of Beijing Opera as a representative of various local operas borrowed the term “Wu yin lian tan” to reform and develops a new pattern of several players mixed singing or duet.
Key Words: Ba yin lianhuan, Wu yin lian tan, textual research