Jasmine – A Chinese Folk Song Sheet Music Arrangement

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A quality sheet music arrangement of the Chinese Folk Song “Jasmine” for intermediate to advanced level pianists.


“Jasmine” (Chinese: 茉莉花; pinyin: Mòlihua) is a popular Chinese folk song. The song is also known by other titles, including “The Story of Little Jasmine” (Chinese: 小茉莉的故事; pinyin: Xiǎo Mòlihua de Gùshi) and “Jasmine Flower” (Chinese: 茉莉花; pinyin: Mòlihua).

The song originates from Jiangsu Province in China, and it is believed to date back to the Ming Dynasty. “Jasmine” is a love song that tells the story of a young girl who is waiting for her lover to return.

The melody of “Jasmine” is very beautiful and moving, and it has been used in many different musical arrangements over the years. This particular arrangement was created for solo piano, and it captures the delicate and intimate feeling of the original song.

History of Jasmine

Jasmine (Jianhua or Moghul) was brought to China from Persia in the 6th or 7th century. It is one of the oldest flowers cultivated in China and has been said to have first been grown in the Southern Dynasties (420-589). The renowned Chinese poet, Tao Yuanming (365-427), wrote about purchasing jasmine oil in his poem airing grievances. He said, “I bought some jasmine oil to perfume my clothes, hoping people would not dislike me when they catch a whiff.” In ancient times, people believed that jasmine could drive away evil spirits, so it was also used as an offering to the gods.

During the Tang and Song Dynasties (960-1279), Jasmine became increasingly popular due to its aromatic fragrance. At that time, it was customary for young ladies to tuck a sprig of jasmine behind their ears when attending social gatherings. In the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), another tradition involving jasmine blossoms arose. On the seventh day of the seventh month on the lunar calendar, women would put seven jasmine flowers in seven small cups filled with water and float them on a river or pond. It was said that if the flowers remained intact until morning, her husband would live a long life.

During the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Empress Dowager Cixi was very fond of jasmine tea and often ordered it served at court banquets. To satisfy her craving for jasmine tea, she even had a greenhouse built near her palace so she could enjoy it year-round. After Cixi’s death, jasmine tea became even more popular throughout China and eventually spread overseas. Jasmine tea made with green tea as its base is now one of China’s most well-known exports.

Lyrics of Jasmine

Jasmine, Jasmine

White jasmine, green jasmine

I picked a sprig of you

And brought it home to my mother

I asked her to put it in water

And let it grow

Jasmine, Jasmine

White jasmine, green jasmine

You are so fragrant and pure

Like my mother’s love for me

Music of Jasmine

Jasmine – A Chinese Folk Song is a traditional Chinese folk song. Jasmine (Mohua) is a popular flower in China and has been used in numerous songs throughout the years. The melody of this song is very catchy and has been arrangement by various artists over the years.

This arrangement of Jasmine – A Chinese Folk Song is for solo piano and is intermediate level.

Video of Jasmine

Here is a video of “Jasmine”, a well-known Chinese folk song:


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