Laruan

Name: Bowed Ruan.
Type: Chordophones > Lutes > Ruan.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.7
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Country: China.
Region: South East Asia.

Description: The Bowed Ruan in addition to the plucked ruan, being the instruments discussed above. There also exists a family of bowed stringed instruments lāruǎn and dalaruan [literally “bowed ruan” and “large bowed ruan”]. Both are bowed “bass register” instruments and designed as alternatives to the gehu and diyingeh. In large orchestras of Chinese traditional instruments.

These instruments correspond to the cello and double bass in range. Chinese orchestras currently using the laruan and dalaruan include the China National Traditional Orchestra and Central Broadcasting National Orchestra, the latter formerly conducted by the late maestro Peng Xiuwen [彭修文].

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