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Zhuihu (Bowed String Instrument)


Zhuihu(Bowed String Instrument),also known asZhuiqinorZhuizi, is altered fromSanxian(a three-stringed musical instrument), can be used to perform solo and tutti. SinceZhuihuhas a wide diapason, a soft sound and relatively high sound volume, performers can use it to imitate the voice of human and animals.

There is one legend about the origin ofZhuihu. In the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Emperor Kangxi forbad all the opera performances in the Forbidden City and artists had to earn a living on the street. One day, an artist'sSanxianwas bitten by mice and the covering leather of the sound box got a hole in it. In order not to miss the performance, the artist had to use a thin wooden piece to replace the leather and used a bow fromHuqin(two-stringed Chinese violin) to play theSanxian. This musical instrument, that can not only play music but also imitate human voice, was later calledZhuihu.
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