The Qing Empire
The Qing 清 (1636-1912), the last dynasty in China, existed for nearly three centuries. Qing emperors ruled a vast realm that was a blend of different religions and cultures. The reigning Manchus were a minority in their own empire and their language, values and lifestyle differed from those of the Chinese.
Qing books reflect the diversity of the empire and reveal global connections made through trade, diplomacy and idea exchange. A time of prosperity in the mid-Qing era occurred between the reigns of Emperor Kangxi 康熙 (1661-1722) and Emperor Qianlong 乾隆 (1735-1796).
The Qing Empire
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Watch Mercury Strong perform a new composition by Dr Joshua Brown.
The music is inspired by the ceremonial imagery on the Illustrations of the Grand Ceremony Celebrating Longevity scroll. Throughout the piece, the luachui or ‘scattering hammer’ rhythm is used to signify cultural exchange by combining rhythmic elements of Chinese opera with old English songs. The piece is inspired by scroll as an object, with the music being used as an analogy for the paper’s slow continuity and the deliberate but delicate ink marks on the surface
This piece was commissioned by the Confucius Institute at The University of Manchester for their 15th anniversary celebrations and recorded at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library in June 2022.
- Video depicts a musical performance titled "Illustrations of the Grand Ceremony” by a string quartet composed by Joshua Brown for the Confucius Institute at The University of Manchester. The video shows four musicians playing violins, viola and cello on a stage with a red curtain behind them.