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“Ballads of Ink from Canton” is a series of four traditional Cantonese narrative song performances inspired by the exhibition 𝘈𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘤 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘧𝘭𝘶𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘎𝘶𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘨: 𝘚𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘗𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘊𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘱𝘩𝘺 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘔𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘔𝘪𝘥-𝘘𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘊𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘢 (Phase II: Qing Dynasty). Jointly presented by Dr. Peggy Ho (Research Associate, Art Museum, CUHK and curator of “Artistic Confluence”) and The Gong Strikes One, the performances invite viewers to travel back in time and enjoy Guangdong’s century of arts and culture with a visual and aural feast full of Guangdong flavors.
- Lyrics, Narration & Vocal: Kong Chan
- Painting Interpretation: Dr. Peggy Ho
- Zheng: King-chi Lee
- Yehu: Kwok-cheung Lee
- Recording & Mixing: Bu Hin-hou Chan
- Video Production: CUAV
第一回：新雷第一聲 —— 清代中葉的廣東文藝世紀
Episode 1: First Thunder
The performance starts with Zhang Weiping’s poem “First Thunder”. The last phrase of this poem is sung in a melismatic style often sung by a character at his/her entrance in Cantonese Opera, which echoes with the emergence of Guangdong painters and calligraphers from the earlier upheavals and turmoil of the region. After singing the story of the arrival of an artistic golden age in Mid-Qing Guangdong, names of prominent artists are incorporated in another verse of 𝘯𝘢𝘢𝘮𝘺𝘢𝘮, demonstrating the blooming of talents during this period.
Episode 2: Rustic Flavors
In the previous episode, we have talked about the emergence of famous painters and calligraphers in mid-Qing Guangdong. In this episode, we will take a closer look at a work by one of the masters. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘬𝘦𝘵 𝘰𝘯 𝘓𝘶𝘰𝘧𝘶 𝘔𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯 by Su Liupeng is a landscape painting that portrays the activities of the local folks. The 𝘯𝘢𝘢𝘮𝘺𝘢𝘮 in this episode is sung in an exceptionally slow tempo, while both the vocal line and the accompaniment are performed in a minimal manner. The tempo only slightly accelerates in the middle of the piece with modest ornamentation. Such musical arrangement corresponds to the composition of this painting, which gradually changes from tranquil mountain peaks to lively local scenes when viewed from top to bottom.
第三回：仿古與破格 —— 黎簡與謝蘭生
第三回的主題是黎簡和謝蘭生 兩位名家，他們的仿古畫作富有新意，故此今回的南音 也特意在傳統唱法之上增添新鮮感——輕快流暢的南音，結合由策展人何碧琪博士創作並以「數白欖」方式念岀的打油詩，念岀時以南音伴奏法拍和，兩種傳統廣東說唱，共冶一爐，使傳統的曲調聽來新穎。
Episode 3: Re-interpreting the Classics
In episode 3, we will sing about two other masters: Li Jian and Xie Lansheng, both of whom showed innovation when they imitated and reinterpreted the earlier canonical masters. In line with that spirit, this episode blends playful Cantonese poems delivered in the style of baaklaam with naamyam sung in a lively tempo, bringing freshness to both types of Cantonese narrative songs.
第四回：仿古與破格 —— 蘇仁山《細筆山水》
Episode 4: Refreshing Tradition
In the previous episode, we mentioned 𝘫𝘺𝘶𝘵𝘯𝘨𝘢𝘶, a type of Cantonese narrative song popular among the literati in mid-Qing Guangdong. In this final episode, a newly written song in the style of 𝘫𝘺𝘶𝘵𝘯𝘨𝘢𝘶 is sung to celebrate Su Renshan’s 𝘓𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘴𝘤𝘢𝘱𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘍𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘚𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘬𝘦𝘴. Although 𝘫𝘺𝘶𝘵𝘯𝘨𝘢𝘶 has very much become obsolete since early 20th century, numerous lyrics written in colloquial Cantonese dated as early as the Qing dynasty were preserved. From the few extant recordings, music scores and textual records, we know that this song type is known for its long interludes, long melismatic vocal lines and slow tempo. Su’s 𝘓𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘴𝘤𝘢𝘱𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘍𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘚𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘬𝘦𝘴 is a perfect match for this song type as both display spectacular fineness and details. This last episode pays tribute to the Guangdong painters and calligraphers who inherited traditions creatively.