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Erhu: The weeping and moving chinese violin
There are only a few instruments that in my opinion can be playd with such great beauty and sadness. The chinese violin or erhu have that distinct weeping sound, with those typically sliding notes that points it as one of the most reknown sounds of Asian music not only en ensembles and orchestras but also as a solo instrument with an everchanging haunting and sometimes very similar to human voice sound able to convey a great variety of moods (from melancholic to merry) being even...
The finnish Jouhikko or Bowed Lyre
Feodor Pratšu playing Jouhikko © MuseovirastoJouhikko (pronounced yo-hee-ko) is the name given to a distinctively type of bowed lyre from Finland and Karelia (an instrument old as human civilisation itself) though it resembles in some ways types of Baltic Psaltery from further east such as the Slav Gusli, and types of psaltery/lyre hybrids found in the archaeological record from Novgorod, Opole etc. It may be descended from these instruments rather than from the Round...