Chinese music – traditional pipa solo by Liu Fang 霸王卸甲劉芳琵琶

by HART (1-800-HART) on January 8, 2012 · 25 comments

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call HART crazy .. but

I just found this on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

Note: information from YouTube
It’s very emotional and powerful playing – a pipa solo style par excellence, by the internationally acclaimed pipa virtuoso Liu Fang – la beauté, la puissance et la grâce de la musique traditionnelle chinoise, et le charme de la musique classique oriental! The title of this classical master piece is “King Chu doffs his armour” (Ba Wang Xie Jia), from traditional repertoire for pipa solo. It describes a tragic event around 202 BC (see http for more information and a video of higher resolution. About the music: according to Liu Fang, there are different versions for this piece according the schools and and styles of individual performers. This is the version of Wei Zhongle (1909–1998), one of the great pipa masters from the last century; it is very different from the version of Master Lin Chicheng(1922–2006). These differences are very natural for Chinese music from the classical literati tradition (In fact, the differences are expected, not the “sameness” as far as the soul of the music plays a role, see ) The pipa has four strings and 30 frets, and is often referred to as Chinese lute or the Flamenco guitar of China, though the playing techniques are quite different. Le pipa chinois est un luth à quatre cordes dont 30 frettes, et est également connue sous le nom de luth chinois ou de la guitare flamenco de la Chine. Die chinesische Pipa ist ein Vier-saitige Laute mit 30 Bünden, und ist auch bekannt als chinesische Laute oder die

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

lxh888 October 25, 2011 at 12:25 am

It’s so nice…unfortunately ugly music is dominated today…the so called modern music…


dbadagna October 25, 2011 at 10:44 am

This piece is in a non-standard pipa tuning, correct?


MerchantOfVansterdam October 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm

@beancube2010 Western brain washing languages? Are you smoking crack?


Animallouthan November 3, 2011 at 1:36 am

Love it. World Music is the best. Thank You!!!!


tiger9502 November 3, 2011 at 9:05 am

@ricpride yeah right, NO one knows who he is anymore. NO one go to middle schools nowadays.


tiger9502 November 3, 2011 at 9:07 am

This piece is titled “the Warlord removes his armor”


adokaditya November 3, 2011 at 10:12 pm

who has goosebumps looking at her hands move???


whoisit01 November 4, 2011 at 4:33 pm

This is beautiful. I think that the next generation of great musicians are on the internet watching these videos and seeing the entire world and all its instruments. Hopefully the more exposure to music from around the world, the more original and crazy the music of the future will be!


darominu November 5, 2011 at 10:49 am

Great Music !!!


TheBibleWitness November 6, 2011 at 5:23 am

@whoisit01 Judging from what you just said, I think you’d love Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Look up videos of them “live at the quick”. Their music is amazing and will change your life!


neyromagic November 14, 2011 at 10:00 pm



wheresbeef November 18, 2011 at 8:26 pm

The voice of my people!


Hootowl54 November 18, 2011 at 11:32 pm

George Harrison would love this. 🙂


Biglover29 November 20, 2011 at 12:07 am

This song is suppose to describe a tragic event, you could feel it in her playing! That was amazing!


brienodeargain November 20, 2011 at 10:05 am

Hello Hello Hello.I m really amazed at the Chinese string instrument you play in
a traditional manner. I wish you and your family a happy and prosperous NEW
YEAR I will also send a vodeo responce. I hope your family will emphasize how
I feel about Dublin Ireland My Birth place as you must with China
My very best Wishes to you all May your God Bless You…. BRI – DAR


clarejue December 2, 2011 at 6:50 pm

It’s so sad, I’m gonna cry. T^T


MarquiseOfHearts December 3, 2011 at 10:59 am

This happens to be the first if not the only comment I’ve seen on the entire internet that has said something positive about the future musicians of this planet


2012espana December 4, 2011 at 9:13 am

It describes a big chinese hero defeated by another chinese hero who was the first emperor of China dynasty Han. The big hero took off his armor and killed himself, his lover also suicided. It really a sad music.


MegaCoolevandro December 4, 2011 at 10:02 am

Made In China


SplitYoWigBack December 8, 2011 at 9:25 pm

makes me angry to be studying western music


alphatotheomega7 December 16, 2011 at 8:16 pm

@beancube2010 Your comment confuses me… do you mean “when will they put some in technologies and science instead of into those western brain washing languages,” ? When will WHO put WHAT in WHERE? I don’t think English is your first language.


huadujuan December 19, 2011 at 2:40 am

@alphatotheomega7 the story is about 2000years ago, but the music was composed about 200 years ago.the story about a war between Chu and Han,finally Chu lost, Chu king refused to go back his hometown and killed himself.i think the music can be separated into two part, first part discribe the war, second part is the king kill the first part is Passionate,second part sound like the king is struggling and finally killed himself in front of his queen..


huadujuan December 19, 2011 at 2:44 am

this instrument- pipa has more than 2000years history, it was made in qin dynasty in China…


cypherpunko December 20, 2011 at 8:23 am

I’m blown away  . . .


lmlmlmlm666 January 6, 2012 at 3:25 am

前輩大師林石城的版本,激情内斂,但個人覺得層次感似乎更強,更細膩 🙂 if you love this you should watch the other version as well…(林石城琵琶:霸王卸甲 Pipa master Lin Shi-Chen: The Conqueror Unarms) an earlier generation of pipa master’s interpretation of the same piece, with more reserved passion, but a more delicate approach i think…


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