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Mo li hua 'Jasmine flower song'

traditional Chinese
author of text
traditional Chinese

The popular Chinese folk song Mo li hua (‘Jasmine flower song’) dates back to the Qianlong era of the Qing dynasty in the eighteenth century. It has been associated with the custom in the southern-Yangtze delta of giving Jasmine flowers. As is typically the case with Chinese music, it uses the pentatonic (five-note) scale.

This has long been the most recognised Chinese song throughout the world. In his book, Travels in China of 1804, the British diplomat Sir John Barrow described it as one of the most popular songs in China. In 1926, Puccini used it in Turandot, and more recently it has been sung at many occasions, including the Beijing Olympics in 2008, and, more controversially, played on protesters’ mobile phones during the 2011 pro-democracy protests in China, known as the Jasmine Revolution, which resulted in the song being censored in China.

from notes by Emma Cleobury © 2019


The music of King's
Studio Master: KGS0034-DDownload onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for KGS0034-D track 18

Recording date
24 April 2018
Recording venue
King's College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Simon Kiln
Recording engineer
Simon Kiln
Hyperion usage
  1. The music of King's (KGS0034-D)
    Disc 1 Track 18
    Release date: March 2019
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