The charm of Quan Ho in the past and present

Tho Ha ancient village is famous as an ancient land with beautiful scenery, mountainous terrain, rivers, and rich plains raising the wings of flying storks. History has recorded this as a central land of the country with Co Loa – the capital of An Duong Vuong, the center of Luy Lau – Long Bien in the Northern period, the hedge covering the North face of the Imperial capital of Thang Long in the Dai Dynasty. Vietnamese. Also from the transshipment position of the land, the role of rivers here is extremely important. The river flows through craft villages, people go to the market by river, go to pagodas by river, trade with the upland and Thang Long Citadel. Through the topography, it is clear that the important role of the river in the people’s life and that influence is partly reflected through the music’s melody.

Perhaps so, the old quan ho melodies in the Tho Ha ancient village always have the element of river and water with the space of Quan ho singing on the boat under the wharf. In addition, with its position as a hedge to shield the north face of Thang Long Imperial City in the Dai Viet era, the marriage and twinning between villages has long been an indispensable need of the people here and has become a Institutions directly affect the content of the lyrics and the way they address them in the old Quan Ho singing.

In fact, traditional Quan ho singing only exists in 49 original Quan ho villages in Kinh Bac country with the form of organizing folk cultural activities of Kinh Bac people. Strict and strict regulations require that you immediately know the standards and follow the rules. This explains why the people in Tho Ha ancient village enjoy “playing quan ho” – that is, without an audience, the performer is at the same time an audience. Many traditional mandarins are still loved by brothers and sisters “playing quan ho” to this day, such as: Hu La, La that, Love tang, Kim Lan friend, Cai A, Rice tree…

In particular, the style of ancient quan ho songs are often sung at a slow tempo, methodically, with many accompaniments and sub-songs with techniques of echoing, rumbling, background, bouncing, breaking, dropping… Therefore, no need accompaniment, no need to increase the volume, but the lyrics still resonate even in crowded festivals. In the traditional Quan ho, the couple’s brother-in-law and the sister-in-law are called singing festival, singing soup; sang the whole group, the whole group immediately responded with the whole group, and she was called to sing congratulation, congratulation, singing worship…

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