by Liu Fang
on pipa (Chinese lute) and guzheng (Chinese
extract (3 min.) from a documentary by CBC TV (BravoCanada) broadcasted
on January 12, 2008, 8:30pm. Thanks to BBC (BravoCanada) for the permission
to use this recording for demo purposes, so turn up your speakers, headphones
hearing aid, and enjoy.
beginning of this video clip (first 2 minutes) is an extract of the
piece called "The three variations of plum blossom" which belongs to
classical repertoire originally for guqin,seven-stringed
zither. The current version is an adaptation for guzheng.
The complete audio recording of this piece is found in Liu
Fang's first guzheng solo album "Emerging
Lotus"(Track No. 2).
second part is an extract from "the King of Chu doffs his armour",
sometimes also translated as "The conqueror unarmed" (traditional
classical repertoire for pipa solo). The complete audio recording of
this piece is found Liu Fang's pipa solo album "The
soulf of pipa, Vol. 1"(last track). The complete video
demo can be found in youtube.
pipa solo: "On a theme to dance" composed by Liu Tianhua for
pipa solo. Liu Fang performed this piece at the TFF Rudolstadt festival
in 2006 (recorded by German TV ARD1 and Radio NDR), taken from the festival
DVD with permission to use for demo purposes.
About the music:
theme of an air to dance" (Liu Tianhua, 1895-1932). Though died very
young, Liu Tianhua is one of the greatest composers in Chinese history.
He composed three pieces for pipa and several other famous pieces for
erhu, all are recognized as master pieces of classical repertoire. In
particular, his contribution to the development of erhu is immense. In
fact, it was due to him and Abing that the Erhu (which used to be an instrument
mainly used for folk ensembles, accompaning singers or local operas) has
become a solo instrument. The current piece for pipa solo was inspired
after attending a concert of classical Indian dance.
December 14, 2008: Interview and live performance at the Dutch
TV (music channel).
More video demos (Click
on the photos below to to see more videos from concert live recording)