Music of The Far East Past
The Far East spans a vast geographical area and it is divided into several sections: East Asia, South-East Asia, Central Asia and South Asia. In this article we will examine the music of East and South East Asia in more detail and in a subsequent article, we will move to Central and South Asia.
East Asia is considered to be the countries of Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, North and South Korea, Mongolia and Tibet.
South-East Asia encompasses Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
There is archaeological evidence of a well developed musical culture in China as far back as 1122 BCE as seen by their clay flutes, stone chimes, bronze bells and ‘gu’ (drums) that have been found on digs.