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Charm of Pipa

2013-07-19 13:39:46

( By Yang Qi


Musicians of Chin-yuan Chinese Orchestra from Taiwan province perform in Chengdu, Sichuan province, during the period of the 4th International Festival of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Chengdu in June 2013.

The pipa (pronounced "pee-paa") is a four-stringed lute, one of the oldest Chinese traditional musical instruments with over 2000 years of history. The term pipa  consists of two Chinese characters symbolizing two playing techniques (denoted as "Tan" and "Tiao" today) while their pronunciations p'i and p'a are imitations of the sounds produced accordingly.

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