Revival of the Kong Hou
The history of the Kong Hou goes back hundreds of years B.C. Only the Wuo Kong Hou
was an original instrument of China. The Shoo Kong Hou and the Fong Shou Kong Hou were the
instruments of Western Countries, which made their way to China by the Silk Road.
The Kong Hou has a wide range, profound quality of tone and sound,
and rich expressions. It can be played in melody and chords. The Kong Hou
became popular in China, not only to be played in the royal court or
in wealthy homes, but also among the common people as solo, ensemble, and
orchestral accompaniments for songs, dances and many other occasions
Following the destruction of the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644), by the
middle of the seventeenth century, the Kong Hou faded out from
Chinese History for three centuries.
Since then, people learned about the Kong Hou from books,
poems, paintings, arts and crafts, folk songs, and story-telling.