Transcriptions of Chinese Melodies

Jean-Baptiste du Halde
Description de la Chine
Paris 1735
Biblioteque nationale de France, FOL-O2N-39

Click for full-size imageDu Halde's voluminous report, the first major source of transcriptions of music from China, was compiled in France based on accounts sent to him by Jesuit missionaries. The first of the "Airs Chinois" on this page became emblematic of Chinese music in Europe.

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