Chinese pipa solo video clips

Traditional, Classical and contemporary music

Interpreted by Liu Fang
on pipa (Chinese lute)

"Wild geese descending on the sandy beach" (classical tradition). Seeing the wild geese flying freely and elegantly in the sky and then descending on the sandy beach, relaxed and playful, one cannot but feel the beauty and harmony of nature. This piece entails the Taoist philosophy.

"Descente des oies sauvages sur la plage" (Tradition classique). En voyant les oies sauvages volant librement et élégamment dans le ciel, puis Descendant sur la plage de sable, détendu et ludique, on ne peut que ressentir la beauté et l'harmonie de la nature. Cette pièce comporte la philosophie taoïste.


Videos: Liu Fang concert live in St. Petersburg & reports from Russian TV

No. 1: The video demo on play right now is called: King Chu doffs his armour (or Ba Wang Xie Jia), traditional repertoire, martial style, performed by Liu Fang, live recorded during the concert on March 27, 2002. The duration of the whole piece is about 10 minutes.

Liu Fang pips solo
"King Chu doffs his armour"
(classical tradition)

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The King Chu doffs his Armour (Chinese classical tradition): This masterpiece of pipa is a musical description of a tragic historical event: the defeat of King Xiang Yu who thought himself invincible. During the war which followed the foundation of the Han Empire (202 BC - 220 AD), Xiang Yu suffered a fatal defeat. The pipa depicts the scene of the battle, noises of the soldiers' flight, and the indescribable feeling of being defeated. The performance of this piece demands a whole range of complex techniques and virtuosity, with speed, precision and restraint.


No. 2: "Falling snow decorate the evergreen" - civil style (or lyrical style) of traditional pipa repertoire.

Using natural scenes or phenomena to describe inner feeling and determination is quite common in Chinese arts. This piece, derived from very old times, is like a Traditional Chinese painting, depicts the snowing in a evergreen forest, beautiful and harsh. Since the pine tree can resist extreme cold, it is a symbol of a strong self

No. 3: "On a theme to dance" (Ge Wu Yin), composed by Liu Tianhua (1895-1932), recorded live at Liu Fang's solo concert at TFF Rudolstadt festival on July 9, 2006. This clip is taken from the festival DVD with permission to use for demo purposes.

No. 4: "Autumn moon in the Imperial Palace of Han", classical tradition. Liu Fang perform at the Almeria Music festival on June 19, 2008.

No. 4: "The dance of bonfire fest", composed by Wu Junsheng for pipa solo. Performed here by Liu Fang (pipa) and Ziya Tabassian (framed drum)

No. 5. "The ambush from ten sides" (classical tradition): With its highly virtuoso programmatic effects and tremendous power, this piece is regarded as the most representative of the "martial repertoire" of classical pipa solo. It describes the glorious victory of Liu Bang over Xiang Yu in 202 BC, the same theme as "The King doffs his Armour", however, from a totally different view point.

    The Spring Rain, composed by Zhu Yi & Wen Bo in the 1980s.

    "Night scene of red River", recorded at Liu Fang pipa solo concert during a tour in France in 2005

  • "Spring on the Tianshan Mountain", duo pipa (Liu Fang) and Ziya Tabassian (framed drum), concert live recording in 2003

Video clip: "The Ambush", Liu Fang solo concert at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, May 8, 2006.

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Liu Fang concert live @ RTBF La Première (national radio)

Arabic and Chinese music, released in 2000 Chinese music: The soul of pipa, Vol. 1, released in 2003 Chinese music: The soul of pipa, Vol. 2, released in 2001 Chinese Pipa and Guzheng music, released in 1999

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