Erhu or Pipa: Choose Your Chinese Instrument

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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.

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An Example of an Erhu:

An Example of a Pipa