First- through fifth-grade musicians in our Villa Lobos Orchestra have spent the past three months learning about Chinese culture and music from the Song Dynasty (960-1279).
They explored tradition Chinese instruments including the erhu | 二胡, a two-stringed bowed instrument, and the dizi | 笛子, a traditional wind instrument. Our musicians also enjoyed performances from historically-informed ensembles performing traditional Chinese music.
In preparation for their performance of "General's Command," BMP musicians learned how to play double stops (when you play two strings at a time), bow lanes (where the bow makes contact with the string), and minor scales (which are like major scales, but they sound more melancholy.) Please, enjoy "General's Command" performed by our Villa-Lobos Orchestra!