On Mon, 30 Jan 2006, Bill Blank wrote:
>Driving to work in the morning, I listen to NPR's Performance Today
>and usually start in the middle of a work and get to the office before
>it ends. ...
>I was wondering how someone could make a violin sound like that!. Finally
>at work I got the answer on the NPR web site:
> Concerto For the Chinese Erhu
> The "Butterfly Lover's Concerto" is such an evocative title, ...
>I am amazed that a 2 stringed instrument has such a range and
>variation in tone/timbre quality.
What I found even more amazing was how it's bowed. The bow goes UNDER
I was in Montreal a few years ago, walking through a busy Prince Arthur
street alive with all kinds of street musicians, open air restaurants,
and lots of people. I stopped in my tracks as I heard what I thought
was a cello playing in high position. As we got closer to the sound, I
was totally transfixed. There was a wonderful street musician playing
the erhu, and that was my first encounter with the instrument.
I also found amazing that the sound can carry so far. The instrument
itself was quite small.
A year later I found the same talented man on St. Catherine street,
playing to a boombox backup. I begged him to shut off that horrid
accompaniment and play some traditional stuff for me, which he did.
It was gorgeous!