A guide to Chinese instruments: Pipa 琵琶

NOTE FROM JONAH: This is Part III in “A Guide to Chinese Musical Instruments” a video series for Danwei.


From Wikipedia: The pipa (Chinese: 琵琶; pinyin: pípá, [pʰǐpʰǎ]) is a four-stringed Chinese musical instrument, belonging to the plucked category of instruments (弹拨乐器/彈撥樂器). Sometimes called the Chinese lute, the instrument has a pear-shaped wooden body with a varying number of frets ranging from 12–26. Another Chinese 4 string plucked lute is the liuqin, which looks like a smaller version of the pipa.



Pipa 琵琶 by Dong Nan 董楠
Chunjiang Hua Yueye – Moonlit Night on the Spring River 春江花月夜

PHOTOGRAPHY
Jonah M. Kessel | jonahkessel.com
Kit Gillet | kitgillet.com

PRODUCTION
Jeremy Goldkorn | Danwei.com
Jonah M. Kessel | jonahkessel.com
Kit Gillet | kitgillet.com

Thanks to all the featured musicians & teachers from China Conservatory of Music and China Conservatory High School.

Special thanks to Dong Nan for organizing musicians and venues.

谢片中所有的演奏家的精彩表演,感谢中国音乐学院附中以及中国音乐学院的支持。特别感谢琵琶演奏家董楠对此片的演奏家联系和拍摄场地的组织工作!

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