Liu Fang playing the Pipa (Chinese Lute)

Gu Hongzhong's Night Revels
Gu Hongzhong’s Night Revels

Here are three virtuoso pieces played on the Pipa by one of the world’s outstanding artists on the instrument, Liu Fang. The first piece, Swirl Snow Decorating the Evergreen, is very meditative is style; the 2nd, Red River, is based on a Yi folk song; and the 3rd piece is based an an Uighar folk dance called: Spring on Tianshan Mountain.

The pipa (Chinese: 琵琶) is a four-stringed Chinese musical instrument, belonging to the plucked category of instruments. Sometimes called the Chinese lute, the instrument has a pear-shaped wooden body with a varying number of frets ranging from 12–26. The pipa appeared in the Qin Dynasty (221 – 206 BCE) and was developed during the Han Dynasty. It is one of the most popular Chinese instruments and has been played for nearly two thousand years in China.

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