SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

1. Pinghu Qunyue / Autumn Moon over the Still Lake

Gaohu with pipa, sheng, zhonghu and xiao.

Played by a Cantonese silk and bamboo ensemble of strings and winds, this piece represents what to the Chinese is a young tradition from the later Qing (1644-1911) dynasty.

Silk and Bamboo ensembles can be traced back to the qingdao and faqu of the Sui (581-618) and Tang (618-907) periods. The ensemble style is popular in Canton and the surrounding areas of the Pearl River Delta in southern China, in Hong Kong, and amongst Chinese communities in Southeast Asia. The principal instrument, which lends the music its distinct modal flavour, is the small, high-pitched fiddle, gaohu.