Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Traditional music instrument on Hongkong stamps

Chinese's music instrument featured on Hongkong stamps like: Pipa, Erhu, Gehu, and Ruan. Some of the instruments are rare to use.

The gehu is a Chinese instrument developed in the 20th century by the Chinese musician Yang Yusen (1926-1980). It is a fusion of the Chinese huqin family and the cello. Its four strings are also tuned (from low to high) C-G-D-A, exactly like the cello's. By the late 20th century the gehu had become a rare instrument. Today, it is used mostly in Hong Kong and Taiwan, although even there, the cello is beginning to become a popular replacement for it.

The ruan is a Chinese plucked string instrument. It is a lute with a fretted neck, a circular body, and four strings. Its strings were formerly made of silk but now its had been made of steel (flatwound for the lower strings). The frets are commonly made of ivory. Or in recent times, metal mounted on wood. The metal frets produce a brighter tone as compared to the ivory frets. It is sometimes called ruanqin, particularly in Taiwan.

The pipa is a four-stringed Chinese musical instrument, belonging to the plucked category of instruments .Sometimes called the Chinese lute, the instrument has a pear-shaped wooden body with a varying number of frets ranging from 12–26. The pipa appeared in the Qin Dynasty and was developed during the Han Dynasty. It is one of the most popular Chinese instruments and has been played for nearly two thousand years in China.

The erhu also called nanhu and sometimes known in the West as the "Chinese violin" or "Chinese two-string fiddle," is a two-stringed bowed musical instrument, used as a solo instrument as well as in small ensembles and large orchestras.

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