Saturday, September 6, 2008


The ''lāruǎn'' is a relatively new Chinese string instrument blending the acoustics of the ''ruan'' with that of the Western cello. Its larger counterpart is the ''dalaruan'', which corresponds to the double bass.

These instruments were created in the 20th century to be an alternative to other bowed bass register instruments used in Chinese orchestras, such as ''dihu'', cello/double bass, ''gehu''/''diyingehu'', ''damatouqin''/''dimatouqin'', and ''paqin''/''dapaqin''. The China National Traditional Orchestra of Beijing is one of the few Chinese orchestras using this instrument.



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