Myanmar Musical Culture

Music in Myanmar

The Myanmar musical instruments are divided into two types, the loud sounding and the soft sounding. Saung harp, Pattalar xylophone and Hne Myanma Saing Waing-Myanmar Orchestra. Myanmar, commonly known as Burma, has been an isolated country for half a century. Different types of music in Myanmar use a variety of traditional musical instruments. This is what the author "K" said in his book "Myanmar Culture".

Class 8: Myanmar Music

It is a demonstration of the features and description of Myanmar's culture-making. - Myanmar was known as Burma until 1989. Myanmar's early civilisation goes back to the 1. cent. with archeological evidence of the Pyu kingdoms Thayekhittaya (Sri Ksetra), Beithano (Visnu) and Hanlin. - Myanmar (or Burma) is similar to many other musical tradition in the area, which includes traditional Mandarin songs and traditional Finnish songs, probably because its longest country boundary is divided with China.

  • The Hsing Vaing is the Myanmar traditionally popular group. Mostly it consists of different chimes and percussions as well as other musicals. - Myanmar's musical instrument is divided into two categories, the noisy and the quiet one. These vociferous sounds are played in open-air groups at festivities and events.

The majority of hanging awaing stringed and played stringed guitars are noisy. THERE ARE OTHER TOOLS IN THE HANGING WAING: 13. - Concerning more informal and classic indoor performance, the group can be complemented by the sagung gaul (13-string angle harmonica with a mellow sound), the Myanmar country organ, the Myanmar saxophone, the Myanmar saxophone, or the pianoforte and the cello, both of which were established during settlement.

  • Sawgauk ( "Myanmar Harp") - the sawgauk' s human form is made of Myanmar Mahagony (Padauk). - Myanmar has not only musical groups, but also an expansive compilation of classic tunes named Mohagita. They are subdivided into different kinds, such as the oldest repertoire, regal courtyard musicians, yearning hymns, horse dances, worshipping hymns for Myanmar ghosts and hymns of grief and song adopted by Ayutthaya and the Congregation.

As a rule, the sag tongue usually follows these music.


It is the fundamental concept of many Myanmar musicians to produce an "inner melody" like in Gamelan in Indonesia. It is always so spontaneous and decorated that the real "inner" tune is never listened to by the public, but serves as the main tune for all interpreters.

A lot of musical intruments were created and have become unusable in the course of time. Some of the musical organs of the past that are no longer used are the sandara (an extirpated string instrument), don-min (an extirpated dulcimer-like instrument), and hnyin (extinct reeds).

However only six stringed instruments were mandatory for anyoneeint, which were thought as amusing musical intimacy of the King's Houses. The Shan Osi (Shan Long Drum or Stone Drum) is not really a musical instrumen. The Hsiang Waing Orchestra/ The Burmese Harp (Auvidis/UNESCO). The word "Thabin" is used in post-pagan times for musician, puppeteer and dancer.

The Burmese had looted the old capitol Ayutthaya in 1767 and Thailand's influence arose. Even the "thabin wu" (music minister) was a thailand band member at that age. In 1785, the Pegu courthouse sent scholars to Cambodia and Java to learn about Cambodia's musical tradition. The xylophone and harp, which were formerly also part of popular groups, were officially included in the ensemble of chambers and courts in 1787.

When Mandalay became the capitol in 1857, Thai influenced people were confirmed with the appeal of several Thai influential games. The " Se Gusi " drummers mingled with the public at ceremonial appearances. The entire company musical is tied to theatre or dancing productions, and during the occasional musical "bala saing" productions the performer needs a high level of virtuosoism and entertainment to get the public interested in the work.

The use of instrumental accompaniment in concert is different from that in ensembles. Nowadays most of these musical organs are played by woman, although there is no rigid regulation that prescribes it. Classical and xylophone duets are played by a harp/xylophonist and a singer who steers the pace of the piece with basins and clapper.

The" modal" composition of instrumental works had a great impact on instrumental performance. Unfortunately, most of today's vocalists don't know the differences between a dialatonic and the old Myanmar dial. Most of the ancient languages used in the vocal tradition are also not even heard by people in Burma.

This is because of the "westernization" of the tradition range of Burma's folk songs. The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Times of London, Lonely Planet Guides, The Irrawaddy, Myanmar Travel Information Compton's Encyclopedia, The Guardian, National Geographic, Myanmar Travel Information, The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, Reuters, AP, AFP, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, The Economist, Global Viewpoint (Christian Science Monitor), Foreign Policy, Burmallibrary, United States.

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