|Catholic Choir Gets Chinese Recognition|
|by Tom McGregor||Wed, Apr 18, 2012, 05:51 PM|
BEIJING: In Huzhuang village, a beautiful Catholic Church stands on the foot of a hill where a pair of steeples reaches out to the sky. Additionally, farmers play Catholic choral music by using Chinese instruments.
The village is located on Jianshan Hill in Huzhuang village where 1,000 churchgoers are all farmers. It is 8 km. South of Pingyin County town in Shandong province.
The China Daily Reports that, “Gao Yongzhang is the gatekeeper of Lady Chapel, which is perched atop Jianshan Hill. Like other devout villagers, he goes to the bigger Immaculate Conception Church at the foot of the hill, for morning mass at 5 am and evening mass at 7 pm.”
Nonetheless, on special occasions that include Christmas and Easter, Gao and a few other villagers join together to form a musical troupe, which plays Chinese Catholic music that has been played for over a century.
The church’s priest, Wang Junbao, said, “the troupe is our pipe organ.”
According to the China Daily, “Gao says it’s not clear when the customized Chinese religious music culture started. The third-generation successor of the cultural heritage was told by his teacher that it has lasted over a century.”
The 77-year-old plays a Chinese bamboo flute and has memorized 14 songs for various occasions. He said, “the songs we play are different from the original Western ones, but they are not Chinese folk songs, either.”
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