Xia Dynasty Music

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Development of Chinese music during the Xia Dynasty of China.

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English title Xia Dynasty Music
Publication Music-China.org
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Traditional, History

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The Xia Dynasty lasted from around 2100 BC to 1600 BC.

The Xia Dynasty saw the beginning of the development of Chinese society from primitve conditions. The music dances, previously devoted to totemic sacrifices, were now used to extol monarchies or the achievements of kings. For example, the music of Daxia praise the exploits of Dayu who successfully regulated the water system during the Xia Dynasty.[1]

According to the classical works The Book of Documents 尚 書The Book of Change 易 經 and Mozi 墨 子, there appeared on the Central Plains a special music performance for the ceremonies (such as sacrificial rites) and celebrations at the royal court.[2]

Further information

General information about the Xia Dynasty


  1. Chinese Music (Introductions to Chinese Culture), Jie Jin, Cambridge University Press, ISBN: 0521186919
  2. Chinese Civilisation Centre, City University of Hong Kong. "The Imperial Court Music". Retrieved on 2013-10-10.

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