SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

7: Zhuangtai Qiusi / Autumn Thoughts at the Dressing Table

Guanzi with erhu and pipa

Notation for this piece first appeared in Hua Qiuping's 1818 pipa score, and from this Liu Xiaohu has arranged the piece and performed it here as a reed-pipe solo. 

The piece portrays the poignant grief of Wang Zhaojun, a court lady of the Later Han dynasty (25-220 AD) who was given in marriage to a Mongolian nomad chieftain to seal a peace treaty.