D.F. / arr. Jing XianThe erhu is one of China’s most well-known and important traditional instruments. Though it is sometimes called the “Chinese violin,” the erhu and violin differ significantly—from the instruments’ construction to the way they are played. With only two strings and a bow fixed between them, the erhu is highly emotive, captivating listeners with its soul-stirring voice. This piece was originally written by D.F. for erhu and piano. In this adaptation, three erhus play as one, exploring the traditional Chinese belief that artistic inspiration has a divine source. It demonstrates the erhu’s melodic range and versatility in conversing with the orchestra. A lively Allegro explores unique technical skills like left-hand pizzicato, while the brilliant cadenza further challenges the erhu soloists to display their full range of expression.