Piano music inspired by the Chinese pipa

New – Pipa Dreams in Imperial Garden (April 2018) for solo piano, is an attempt to capture something of the essence of the Chinese lute. The pipa is a strummed and plucked, pear-shaped instrument, with four strings (typically tuned A D E A), characteristically using frequent fast tremolo with all of the right fingers repeatedly plucking a single string. It also uses much dramatic vibrato and wide portamento – sadly unavailable to us pianists. But, like the piano, the pipa is a very expressive instrument, and this piano piece aims to capture some of its distinctive gestures and idiosyncrasies. 6-7 minutes. Advanced.  Available from www.johnpitts.co.uk or http://www.lulu.com/shop/http://www.lulu.com/shop/john-pitts/pipa-dreams-in-imperial-garden/paperback/product-23612854.html

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