Music by Taipei Chinese Orchestra

  • 13 June, 2018
  • Carlson Wong
Music by Taipei Chinese Orchestra

This week’s Jade Bells and Bamboo Pipes features two tunes performed by Taipei Chinese Orchestra, founded in Taipei in 1979 with the then-director, Wong Ching-Ping, one of the finest pipa players in the world. One piece featured is a pipa concerto entitled Lord Xiqin, depicting the story of Emperor Xuan Zong of the Tang Dynasty who indulged too much in opera performances to govern the state properly allowing the rebels to take over the capital eventually. He was also besotted with his concubine, Yang Guifei, one of the four beauties of ancient China.