The erhu (Chinese: 二胡; ), also called nanhu (南胡,southern fiddle), and sometimes known in the West as the Chinese violin or Chinese two-string fiddle,is a two-stringed bowed musical instrument, used as a solo instrument as well as in small ensembles and large orchestras. It is the most popular instrument in the huqin family of Chinese bowed string instruments, together with the zhonghu, gaohu, banhu, jinghu, sihu, and numerous others. Used in both traditional and contemporary pieces, it is a versatile instrument.
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One of the great master piece in ER HU solo is ER QUAN YING YUE played by A BING, a blind who has experienced the sadness and bitter of the world. Many people are affected by the deep emotion in the melody including chairman Mao, premier Zhou and world famous cantor SEIJI OZAWA.