Another passage from Last Night’s fun (see Irish music, More Irish music, and More early music) that reminds me of Chinese music is Carson’s brilliant discussion (pp.7–13) of the naming of tunes, what the Chinese call qupai “melodic labels”:
A: What do you call that?
B: Ask my father.
A: “Ask my father”?
I can only hope we haven’t made such a mistake in documenting folk qupai. Indeed, I could well have asked Li Manshan’s son that very question…