The Dance of the Yi People (7:57)

Cover of Chinese Traditional Yang-Qin Music

From Chinese Traditional Yang-Qin Music

Dance of the Yi People (simplified: 彝族舞曲; traditional: 彞族舞曲; pinyin: Yízú Wǔqǔ; sometimes also called Dance of the Yi Tribe or Yi Dance) is one of the most popular solo compositions for the . Unlike the martial-sounding Ambushed From All Sides (十面埋伏; pinyin: Shí Mìan Maí Fú), the other most widely performed solo pipa piece, Dance of the Yi People is predominantly lyrical in character.

Dance of the Yi People was composed in 1960 by the Chinese composer Wang Huiran (王惠然; b. 1936), presumably based on traditional music of the Yi people of southern China.

As with many Chinese compositions for traditional instruments, in the late 20th century Dance of the Yi People was also remade into a Chinese popular song entitled “999 Roses” (九百九十九朵玫瑰), sung by Samuel Tai (邰正宵; pinyin: Tái Zhèngxiāo).

Other versions
Liu Fang The Dance of the Yi People
Wu Man Dance Of The Yi People


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  • Electric_Turtle

    While expertly played, I don't think this piece adapts well to the yangqin. It sounds so much better on the guzheng.

    24 Nov 2010 Reply
  • LOVE8Bella

    A lovely piece....!!! (^_^)

    9 Apr 2009 Reply
  • omcmusic

    nice melody with a beautiful rhythm and happy sensetions

    17 Jan 2009 Reply
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