Dewang, the first song was good but this one I like much better. Is it an old song? I noticed she used harmonics and I wonder if that was something that has been around for a long time or a more modern touch?
According to link below, this music was composed during the Spring and Autum period (first half of the Eastern Zhou Dynasty, 800BC – 500BC), by musician Shi Kuang of State of Jin (or some other musicians, Qi Liu or Juan-Zi).
Wow, I didn’t realize it was that old. I wonder if it is still played in its original form or if it has been embellished over the centuries? Regardless, it’s a great piece! I put it on my Facebook page and have already received compliments. 🙂
Well I doubt it’s from the Spring and Autumn era, Chinese music instruments back then were nearly all percussion ones. Today’s Pi Pa was more an exotic instrument for barbarians(sorry, I have to use this word to describe the concept “Hu”) then, and it was not widely imported and modified into the central plain until the Han Dynasty. But in Tang the foreign music instruments become dominant in the Middle Kingdom and replace the percussion instruments as the main instruments played in the royal court. At least that’s the Chinese music history I can remember.