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Christmas Music by Twelve Girls Band
    2008-12-27 15:31:39     CRIENGLISH.com
Christmas is celebrated around the world, throughout the Christian population, and also by many non-Christians as a secular, cultural festival. In today's program, we'll listen to some Christmas music played by the famous Twelve Girls Band. Here's our reporter Liu Yan.

Believe it or not, 'Jingle Bells', one of the most famous Christmas songs, was originally written for Thanksgiving. The composer of the song was a minister called James Pierpoint. He wrote the song in 1857 for children celebrating at his Boston Sunday School Thanksgiving gathering. The song was so popular that it was repeated at Christmas, and indeed 'Jingle Bells' has been reprised ever since.

The essence of a traditional Christmas is captured in the lyrics of 'Jingle Bells' and the sound effects using the bells have become synonymous with the arrival of Father Christmas or Santa Claus to the delight of children of all ages.

Founded in 2001, the Twelve Girls Band combines traditional instruments with modern popular musical performances. With their passionate performances, they are managing to enhance the reputation of Chinese folk instrumental music, thus developing Chinese folk music both home and abroad.

Members of the Twelve Girls Band come from such artistic colleges and universities as the Central Conservatory of Music, China Conservatory, the Central University for Nationalities and the Army Art College. Those are some of the most renowned musical learning institutions in the country. Among the instruments used by them are the erhu, or the Chinese fiddle, the pipa, a pear-shaped lute, guzheng or zither, yangqin, hammered dulcimer, dizi, the transverse flute, and xiao, the vertical flute.

Occasionally, duxianqin, or the single-stringed zither, and hulusi the three-piped gourd flute are employed.

This is the Twelve Girls Band playing another popular Christmas song 'Silent Night'. Among traditional carols, 'Silent Night' is probably the most loved Christmas song.
This beautiful carol, first written in German in 1818, has been a source of wonder, comfort and joy to many people throughout almost two centuries. It has simple lyrics, recounting the story of Jesus' birth. It also has a simple melody, often most beautiful when sung with prayerful, quiet reverence. It's been translated into many languages and arranged in all kinds of musical arrangements, from simple guitar accompaniment to elaborate orchestral and choir combinations.

That was 'Silent Night' performed by the Twelve Girls Band.

Since its establishment, the group has toured overseas and performed in many countries including Japan, South Korea and the United States.

Now let's listen to them play another festive song, 'Merry Christmas'.

Spread a little joy by playing the best music this festive season! Thank you Liu Yan for bringing us the best loved Christmas carols in the world.


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