Hujia《胡笳》– Cai Wenji (b.177 AD), arr.: Lan Tung (2001)
－ vocal, erhu, zheng & percussion
This autobiographical piece was written by Lady Cai of the late Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD). Lady Cai was captured by the Huns in northwest China and forced to marry the Hun king. After 12 years of marriage and bearing two children to the king, the Han negotiated for her release. Although overjoyed with the news that she could finally go home, she was also deeply troubled with the knowledge that she would have to leave her children behind. This piece was recorded on the Orchid Ensemble’s Road to Kashgar CD.
胡 笳 十 八 拍 – 蔡琰