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The Pipa is a four-string lute of pear shape,and an instrument that witnesses cultural communication with the West. The instrument was introduced from Central Asia over 2,000 years ago, and became very popular in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), when the society embraced exotic art forms fervently. Through the ages, this instrument has become an indispensable part of traditional Chinese music.

The Pipa tunes have very diverse styles, and are traditionally classified as either Wen Qu (civil and mild tone) or Wu Qu (martial and fierce tone).


Si Chun (9.56)
Pondering about spring .
Recommended, even if it is quite long



Xi Yang Xiao Gu (7.48)
This is a representative Pipa melody.



Yang Chun Bai Xue (3.21)
Yang Chun Bai Xue literally means spring snow. This piece is perhaps the best-known Pipa tune.



Jin She Kuang Wu (2.11)
Frantic dance of the golden snake. This is one of the most popular Pipa tunes.



Yi Zu Wu Qu (6.53)
Dance of the Yi Ethnic Group, which is an ethnic minority in southern China.



Zi Zhu Diao (2.32)
Rhythm of the purple bamboo. Shanghai is planning to make this melody its city tune.



Gan Hua Hui (4.15)
Going to the flower fair.



Yue Xia Huan Wu (5.01)
Joyous dance under the moon.



Ying Zhou Gu Diao (8.39)
Ancient tune from Yingzhou.



Yue Er Gao (9.04)
The moon hanging high in the sky.



Song Wo Yi Zhi Mei Gui Hua (1.53)
Give Me a rose.



Sai Shang Qu (7.06)
Tune on the north of the Great Wall. This is a classic nostalgic melody.



Deng Yue Jiao Hui (4.15)
Light and moon shining upon each other.



Da Lang Tao Sha (5.03)
Surge washing the sand.

Also listed in Top 10 classics



Chun Jiang Hua Yue Ye (10.19)
The moon night of spring river and flowers.



Chen Sui (6.53)
This is the Pipa edition of Han Gong Qiu Yue.



Ba Wang Xie Jia (9.56)
Overlord taking off the armour.



Long Chuan (4.56)
Dragon Boat



Han Gong Qiu Yue (4.15)
Autumn moon of the palace in the Han Dynasty. The music reveals the bitterness and grief of the young maids in the palace.

Also listed in Top 10 classics with longer version (7.32)



Pipa: History and General Information
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The pipa (Chinese: 琵琶; pinyin: pípá) is a four-stringed Chinese instrument (There are a few 5-stringed versions), 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.

The pipa appeared in the Qin Dynasty and developed by the Han Dynasty. It is one of the most popular Chinese instruments and has been played for nearly two thousand years in China. Several related instruments in East and Southeast Asia are derived from the pipa; these include the Japanese biwa, the Vietnamese đAM tỳ MBA, and the Korean bipa.

Prototypes of the pipa already existed in China in the Qin Dynasty (221 BC - 206 BC). At that time, there were two types of pipa. One was straight-necked, with a round sound box constructed from lacquered Paulownia wood, and two faces mounted with leather. The other was believed to be inspired by the primitive forms of zheng, konghou, and zou. It also has a straight neck, a round sound box, and also four strings, along with twelve standards of notes. This model was later developed into the instrument known today as the ruan. The modern pipa is closer to the instrument which originated in Persia/Middle-East (where it was called barbat) and was introduced into China beginning in the late Jin Dynasty (265-420 A.D.).
The average Pipa will be about: 41" L x 12.5" W x 2" D. Weighs 10 pounds.

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