The Zheng, or Guzheng is a kind
of Chinese horizontal harp, although technically
a zither with movable bridges and 16 - 25 strings.
It is one of the best known of ancient music instruments,
and remains popular. The Guzheng has been successfully
incorporated into a lot of modern music and is
used successfully by 12 Girls Band.
First we introduce some popular instrumental tunes,
then look at the instrument itself in more depth
Ning Mei (2.31)
Frown to no purpose. This title
is the name of a poem in the arguably
best ancient Chinese novel, Dream
of Red Mansions.
Recommended for first time listeners.
Shan Ai (4.48)
Ya Mountain mourning
Yang Qu (3.35)
Herding the sheep song
A suite of songs from Shandong Province
played on the Zheng
Qing Niang (3.45)
Ladies in Liu Qing
Chuang Ye Yu (4.21)
Night rain falling on the window
Jiang Hua Yue Ye (9.20)
The moon night of spring river and
Ya Xi Shui (6.03)
A jackdaw playing with water
Butterfly lovers is one of the most
famous traditional Chinese melodies.
This is the Guzheng version of the
Ting Yu Mi Xiang (3.50)
Dong Ting - a land flowing with
milk and honey
Shui Lian (5.29)
Lotus out of water
Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin (3.36)
"The Moon Stands for My Heart"
is famous Chinese pop song originally
by Teresa Teng.
Xing Yuan Luo Yuan (4.26)
This tune is from an opera depicting
a love story in the Tang Dynasty.
Zhou Chang Wan (4.17)
Late night singing in a fishing
Ju Xin Li Hua (3.31)
The words from the bottom of my
heart a very popular song listed
also in our music downloads section
(As original and with vocals)
Ren Zhi Ji (4.27)
Lover and confidant
Wang Jin Xiao (3.54)
It's hard to forget tonight.
Turning into butterflies
Quan Ying Yue (6.13)
Second spring reflecting the moon.
Originally known as a famous Erhu
tune, this piece is the Guzheng
edition of the melody.
Shan Liu Shui (5.56)
High mountains and flowing water.
This melody is a masterpiece of
It is evident this piece was originally
written for the far older Guqin
instrument, but is far better suited
to this one. We also have the Guqin
version for your listening under
Gong Qiu Yue (4.39)
Autumn moon in the palace during
the Han Dynasty
Han Gong Qiu Yue means autumn moon
of the palace in the Han Dynasty.
There are respectively Guzheng (4.39),
Erhu (6.58), and Pipa (7.32) versions
of this tune - all available here..
The music reveals the bitterness
and grief of the young maids in
the palace, stirring people's sympathy
towards the misfortune and loneliness
of the girls. The Guzheng tune applies
many playing techniques and emits
a classic beauty, and Erhu edition
makes a number of intentional pauses
and a number of complex skills are
also used to intensify its artistic
Also listed in our Top 10 Classical
and General Information
The guzheng, also
spelled gu zheng or gu-zheng (Chinese: 古箏; pinyin:
gǔzhēng) or zheng (箏) (gu-, 古 means "ancient")
is a traditional Chinese musical instrument. It
belongs to the zither family of string instruments.
The guzheng is the parent instrument of the
Japanese koto, the Mongolian yatga, the Korean
gayageum, and the Vietnamese đàn tranh. The
parent instrument of the guzheng is the se.
The guzheng should not to be confused with
the guqin (another ancient Chinese zither but
The modern-day guzheng is a plucked,
half-tube zither with movable bridges and 21
strings, although it can have anywhere from
15 to 25 strings (a customized version exists
with more than 44 strings ). The guzheng's strings
were formerly made of twisted silk, though by
the 20th century most players used metal strings
(generally steel for the high strings and copper-wound
steel for the bass strings). Since the mid-20th
century most performers use steel strings flatwound
Twelve Girls Band is a contemporary Chinese
instrumental group that features the guzheng
as well as other traditional Chinese instruments
such as the erhu and pipa. They perform traditional
Chinese music as well as Western popular and
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