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The Pipa

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Uploaded on May 30, 2011

The pipa (琵琶) is a pear-shaped type of lute with four strings. It's one of the most common Chinese musical instruments -- varieties of pipa have been played in China for about two thousand years. Like many instruments now considered Chinese, its origins are in central Asia.

In this video below, Dong Nan (董楠) introduces the pipa and plays Spring Moonlight on the Flowers by the River (春江花月夜 often translated as Moonlit Night On The Spring River). The video was shot and edited by Jonah Kessel.

Please see more at: http://www.danwei.com/the-pipa/

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