Erhu or Pipa: Choose Your Chinese Instrument
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
In honor of WQXR’s China in New York festival, this week’s Showdown is between two concertos for traditional Chinese instruments: Gu Guanren's Concerto for Erhu, "Gazing at the Moon," and Tan Dun's Concerto For String Orchestra & Pipa.
Leading all morning with more than half the vote was the erhu, the two-stringed spike fiddle. We played Guanren's "Gazing at the Moon" at noon.
An Example of an Erhu:
An Example of a Pipa