Thumbs up for the erhu

richardseah

Singapore, Singapore

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The erhu is probably the saddest of all musical instruments.

It is a two-stringed “Chinese violin” played with a bow and held vertically, resting at where the left thigh joins the torso. The soundbox of the erhu is covered with snake skin.

The instrument was introduced to China more than a thousand years ago by the so-called barbarians! Er in Chinese means “two” while hu indicates that it is a member of the huqin family of instruments, with huqin meaning “barbarian instrument”.

The erhu may be played as a solo instrument – when it sounds the saddest, almost like a person crying! It is also an instrument in small ensembles and large Chinese orchestras, where its place is equivalent to that of a violin.

Last few nights (3rd week April 2009) I had the grand opportunity not only to enjoy some excellent Chinese musical instrument performances, but also to photograph them from up close.

These hands belong to the “First erhu” of the Toa Payoh West Community Club Chinese Orchestra, who were winners of the 2008 National Chinese Music Competition.

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