At the beginning of the 20th century, Liu Tian-hua pioneered the erhu solo, drawing upon the violin to improve the erhu and the techniques for playing it. His successors and admirers, including Liu Bei-mao and Lu Xiu-tang, continued to expand this new era of the erhu solo by educating people and composing new works. Alongside these highbrow musicians, folk artists such as Hua Yan-jun (Ah Bing) and Sun Wen-ming also composed many touching erhu masterpieces. In particular, Sun took the bold step of exploring the sounds made by the erhu, and many of his works remain breathtaking even today.
In this recital, Tung Tsz-ching will showcase some of these early erhu works, which masterfully express the composers’ inner emotions, and which are quite different from the political and purely technical pieces that were composed after 1949. She will demonstrate her understanding of the songs, the composers and the historical context of the pieces, and will interpret her own re-arrangements of them to celebrate the musical charm and style of her predecessors through the unique sounds and textures of the erhu.
Presented by π - Sound Experimental Project, praxis resonances
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