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Pipa has four-stringed lute with 30 frets and pear-shaped body. The musician holds the instrument upright and play with five small plectrums attached to each finger of the right hand. The history of Pipa dates back at least 2,000 years. This instrument has extremely wide dynamic range and is remarkably rich and expressive.

The original pipa comes to us from the second century BC. Poetry and drawings depict an instrument held horizontally and named for the forward (pi) and backwards (pa) plucking of the strands.

Pipa,Chinese musical instrument

The pipa has a long history with the Chinese people. Compositions were passed from master to student over hundreds of years. While many of these compositions have been lost over time, several still exist to delight listeners today. As the Chinese people rediscover their history, so too has there been a reemergence in interest in classical instruments such as the pipa. Some contemporary performers have even started to also integrate the music with western sounds to create a new generation of pipa music.

The Famous Music Work of Pipa
As to pipa music work, most of Chinese people will remind of the classic pipa work-ShiMianmaifu (Chinese:十面埋伏). It’s one of the top ten ancient music works in China. The work vividly describes the situation of a famous Chinese general besieged by his rivals. It’s really a piece of magnificent and stirring music.

Pipa,Chinese musical instrument