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Hue Royal Court Music

- Hue's royal court music is called “Nha Nhac Cung Dinh”, it is the first intangible heritage of Vietnam to be recognized by UNESCO as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” in 2003.

- According to UNESCO Council’s evaluation, “Vietnam’s royal court music has the meaning of ‘refined music’. It mentions Vietnam’s court music which is performed at annual festivals, celebrations and special events, such as the enthronement ceremonies, funeral ceremonies or official receiving ceremonies. Among various kinds of music developed in Vietnam, only Nha Nhac is considered the national music”.

- Hue’s royal court music originated in the reign of Ly Dynasty and rapidly developed under Tran Dynasty, Ho Dynasty and Le Dynasty. At that time, that form of music had fully developed and become official music of the royal court. Till Nguyen Dynasty, Royal court music reached the peak, had been in golden age and named after the ancient capital city of Nguyen Dynasty: Hue’s royal court music.

- Hue’s royal court music is typical forscholarly music in Vietnam. Itrequires the most talented musicians who are trained meticulously and carefully with abundant system of songs. Hue’s royal court music uses a variety of music instruments of the nation.

- From now on, Hue’s royal court music will have more opportunities to be preserved, develop and be disseminated widely to the public, many domestic and foreign people.