Since ancient time, the Vietnamese have had a strong inclination for music. It is always present and tends to express their innermost feelings, to encourage themselves while working and fighting, to educate their children in good traditions and national sentiment, to communicate with the invisible, and to sublimate their aspirations for a happy life.

Numerous forms of songs and music have also been created and retained. They include lullabies, children's songs, ritual songs, festivity songs, various work songs, courtship songs, riddle songs, melodies, and poem narration. There are also songs and music for groups, as well as for traditional theatre.

Some Music Genres include Hat Quan Ho, Hat Ca Tru, Hat Xam, Hat Van, Hat Cai Luong, Hat Cheo, Hat Tuong, Lullaby Songs & Water puppetry show.

Hat Quan Ho

Hat quan ho (also called Quan ho Bac Ninh) is a typical folk song of the King in Bacninh province originating from the ancient alternating of songs between young men and women.
Hat quan ho performances are chiefly help in villages during annual festivals. This music is closely linked to the traditional meeting of young men and women, as well as to the establishment of a relationship between two villages. Apart from some songs intended for praying or praising, most hat quan ho songs are romantic. Ironically, quan ho performances of the same group are traditionally not allowed to get married to each other. Hat quan ho performances are held either indoors or outdoors. They are sung in pairs, one pair of men and one pair of women, and the performance follows a specific order for the melody and the lyrics.
Hat quan ho folk songs have become highly significant in Kinh folk songs. The number of quan ho songs preserved exceeds 180, not including variations of the same songs. The charm of hat quan ho is the result of a number of elements, including beautiful thoughts, popular but refined and emotional words abundant in imagery, rich melodies, quality of voice and a special technique of vibrato called nay hat

Loved worldwide, water puppetry is a unique northern Viet puppet tradition that is believed to appear first in the Ly Dynasty (1009- 1225). Usually, there are many characters (puppets) involved in one water puppet playlets. The puppets are sculpted from wood and coated with water-proof paint in different shapes and personalities. The prominent character is buffoon Teu with a plump body and a humorous smile. Hidden from the audience by a blind, the puppeteers stand chest-deep in the water, which is coloured to hide the system of bamboo rods and pulleys used to manipulate the puppets. Musical accompaniment is provided by a small orchestra similar to that utilized in Cheo (popular theatre), led by a narrator.

Vietnam Water Puppetry Show

Loved worldwide, water puppetry is a unique northern Viet puppet tradition that is believed to appear first in the Ly Dynasty (1009- 1225). Usually, there are many characters (puppets) involved in one water puppet playlets. The puppets are sculpted from wood and coated with water-proof paint in different shapes and personalities. The prominent character is buffoon Teu with a plump body and a humorous smile. Hidden from the audience by a blind, the puppeteers stand chest-deep in the water, which is coloured to hide the system of bamboo rods and pulleys used to manipulate the puppets. Musical accompaniment is provided by a small orchestra similar to that utilized in Cheo (popular theatre), led by a narrator.

See also:

Vietnam traditional music- Ca Tru
Vietnam traditional music- Cai Luong
Vietnam traditional music- Xam Vietnam traditional music- Cheo
Vietnam traditional music- Van Vietnam traditional music- Lullaby songs
Vietnam traditional music- Tuong