Fritz Kreislerʼs “Liebesleid”

Go to the NPR Website (National Public Radio) at:
Watch the video and listen to the interview with the featured Artist, Ma Xiaohui performing on the “erhu”, a traditional Chinese instrument.

Second, listen to the melody by Fritz Kreislerʼs “Liebesleid” at
Continue with the NPR interview, watch the two video segments on this webpage, “Video: Ma Xiaohui Tells the Story of Her Erhu” and “Video: Ma Xiaohui Performs”.
Use this information, from the links above, to answer the following questions.

  1. In your own words, describe the musical performance that you are experiencing in this “Video Sessions: The Sonorous Strings of the Erhu”. Try to use musical terms, to describe the following musical elements of the performance:
    a. “musical texture”
    b. “tempo”
    c. “dynamics”
    d. “pitch range”
    e. “instrumentation”
  2. Give some background about the “performance practices” on the erhu. How is sound generated from the erhu? Describe the instrument and how the sound is produced in these performances. Include the following terms, “pizzicato”, “arco”, “violin”, in your answer!

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