Lyra overview

Lyra Tianqin (pinyin: tiān qín) is a plucked stringed musical instrument used by the Zhuang people (Bubian and Budai branch). It is popular in Dongzhong, Ningming and Longzhou on the Sino-Vietnamese border in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Tianqin has a unique shape, unique structure and materials, the barrel is similar to the banhu, the head is narrow and the side is wide, and the stem is thin and long. What is particularly special is that the headstock and the stem are made of three pieces of wood, without a single nail or a little glue.

In the Chinese Musical Instrument Museum of the Music Research Institute of the China Academy of Arts in Beijing, there is a lyre from the people of the Zhuang ethnic group. This qin has been included in the large-scale picture book "Chinese Musical Instruments Illustrated Guide".

The performance form of singing (folk songs or narrative songs) with lyre accompaniment, also known as "singing the sky". The more famous singing songs are: "Opening Song", "Singing Bull", "Four Seasons", "Good Year" and so on.
  • Chinese name:Lyra
  • Spread area:Guangxi, northern Vietnam
  • Zhuang language:Ding Ding
  • Pinyin:tiān qín

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