亂彈

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See also: 乱弹

Chinese[edit]

in confusion; disorderly
 
bullet; shot; ball; to play (a stringed instrument); to pluck a string; impeach
trad. (亂彈)
simp. (乱弹)
Literally: “chaotic/disorderly plucking”.
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Etymology[edit]

An originally derogatory term referring to the tuning system of seven equal divisions of the octave used by local Chinese opera/theater forms during the Qing Dynasty; this system was regarded by some as inferior to the Pythagorean system of tuning, with its twelve divisions of the octave, which had been used during the Ming Dynasty.

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Noun[edit]

亂彈

  1. (mid-Qing dynasty, derogatory) various forms of local Chinese opera that arose during that time
  2. (music) Alternative name for 秦腔 (Qínqiāng, “Qinqiang; Shaanxi opera”).
  3. (music) Alternative name for 北管戲北管戏.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (various forms of local Chinese opera): 花部