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date: 15 October 2019

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This article tries to determine how song sonically and musically helped negotiate Confucian and imperial ideals with its specific melodic and rhythmic phrases, structural-formal patterns, and distinctive tonal modes. It examines the case study of “Welcoming the Deities” and speculates that musical negotiations of political and cultural agendas work with participants' manipulation and recognition of distinctive and stylized musical sounds. A survey of the political and cultural realities of Southern Song China and the musical capital, Lin'an is presented. The article also introduces the sacrificial music of the Southern Song state and summarizes the performance history and reception of state sacrificial music.

Keywords: song, Welcoming the Deities, musical negotiations, musical sounds, Southern Song China, sacrificial music, performance history, reception

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