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“Jasmine Flower” (茉莉花)

December 7th, 2011 No comments

Yu Hongmei 于红梅 Erhu 二胡
Zhao Cong 赵聪 Pipa 琵琶
Chen Yue 陈悦 Dizi 笛子
Ji Wei 吉炜 Guzheng 古筝

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在那遥远的地方 (In That Distant Place), a Pipa, Erhu, and Dizi trio

August 14th, 2010 No comments

在那遥远的地方 (In That Distant Place) is a very popular folk song written in 1939. Over the years, this song has taken on many forms. Chinese, old or young, all know it. Below is a composition by 马九越 using the pipa, dizi, and erhu instruments.

Occasionally I get asked what are some Chinese values. This is an example, I think. My grandparents, my parents, and people of my generation all know this song well. If you look around China, there is this pattern of cross generational connection. Reaching back and smoothing out the generational gap within society is the value. “In that distant place” in Chinese “New Age” style:
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That which connects panda and ancient Chinese musicians, plus the morin khurr

September 15th, 2009 15 comments
Panda loves bamboo, and so did ancient Chinese musicians. Here is an image of a ceramic xiao () player excavated from an Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220 AD) tomb in Sichuan province (also home to pandas). The dizi (笛子) is held horizontally. Both are made of bamboo. What do you get when you add the Mongolian morin khurr to the mix? Here is a composition involving these instruments: “梦回鄂尔多斯 (Dreaming Ordus).” Ordus (鄂尔多斯) is a city in Inner Mongolia, China.
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