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Taigu Yiyin
Music Bequeathed from Antiquity (1511 and 1515)
太古遺音
 

Table of Contents (also alphabetical by "author" and 中文版 Chinese version)
    Many attributions, especially those in "quotes", are inreliable. Most of the individual commentaries are incomplete.
    As I have no poetry experts to help me determine rhythms, my focus has been more on the instrumental repertoire.

- Foreword by Zhang Peng (damaged; I/271)
- Table of Contents (I/272)
- Explanation of fingerings (I/273)
- Commentary on the fingering ("謹扶太音大全所載...."; I/273)
- A picture (of Xie Lin?; I/273)

    Folio 1

    Period of Tang and Yu (before 2200 BCE; I/256)

  1. Nanfeng Ge (Song of the South Wind; 1st of 5 pu); lyrics " by Yu Shun" (YFSJ 57, #5; I/274)
  2. Si Qin Cao (Thinking-of-Parents Melody; 1st of 9 pu); lyrics "by Yu Shun" (YFSJ 57, #4; I/275)
  3. Xiang Fei Yuan (Lament of the Xiang River Concubines; 1st of 13 pu); later attribution of lyrics: Liang Yiniang (I/275)

    Three Dynasties (Xia, Shang, Zhou, 2200 - 255; I/258)

  4. Qishan Cao (Melody of Mount Qi; 1st of 5 pu); lyrics are Han Yu's Qin Cao #6 (YFSJ 57, #18; I/276)
  5. Juyou Cao (Gloomy-Detention Melody; 1st of 4 pu); lyrics are Han Yu's Qin Cao #5 (YFSJ 57, #13; I/276)
  6. Guan Ju Qu (Osprey Cry Tune; lyrics are Shi Jing poems 1-5; I/277)
  7. Wen Wang Cao (Wen Wang Melody); lyrics "by Wen Wang" (YFSJ 57, #14; I/279)
  8. Ke Shang Cao (Attacking Shang Melody; 1st of 2 pu); lyrics "by Wu Wang (YFSJ 57, #15; I/280)
  9. Wen Wang Qu (Wen Wang's Tune; related to Si Shun in Zheyin); lyrics are Shi Jing #236-8 (I/280)
  10. Yueshang Cao (Yueshang Melody; 1st of 6 pu); lyrics are Han Yu's Qin Cao #4 (YFSJ 57, #17; I/283)
  11. Lü Shuang Cao (Walking-in-the-Frost Melody; 1st of 6 pu); lyrics are Han Yu's Qin Cao #7 (YFSJ 57, #21; I/283)
  12. He Ming Jiugao (Cranes Cry in the Nine Bends of the Marsh); source unknown (I/283)

    Folio 2

    Spring and Autumn Period (770 - 475; I/268)

  13. Yilan Cao (Esteemed Orchid Melody); lyrics by "Confucius", Xin Deyuan, Han Yu (Qin Cao #2), Bao Zhao and Cui Tu (YFSJ 58, #2 & 3; I/288)
  14. Jiang Gui Cao (About to Return Melody; 1st of 7 pu); lyrics are Han Yu's Qin Cao #1 (YFSJ 58, #4; I/289)
  15. Guishan Cao (Turtle Mountain Melody; 1st of 3 pu); lyrics are Han Yu's Qin Cao #3 (YFSJ 58, #5; I/289)
  16. Yasheng Cao (Proximate Sage Melody; 1st of 26 pu); lyrics "by Confucius" (true source unknown; I/289)
  17. Can Xing Cao (Partial Form Melody; 1st of two pu); lyrics are Han Yu's Qin Cao #10 (YFSJ 58, #6; I/291)
  18. Bie Gu Cao (Parting Snowgoose Melody; 1st of 2 pu); lyrics are Han Yu's Qin Cao #9 (YFSJ 58, #11; I/291)
  19. Zhi Zhao Fei (The Pheasant Flies in the Morning); lyrics are Han Yu's Qin Cao #8 (YFSJ 57, #23; I/292)
  20. Chu Ge (Song of Chu); opening lyrics "by Xiang Yu" (YFSJ 58, #20); source of remaining lyrics unknown (I/292)

    Han Dynasty (206 BCE - 220 CE; I/277)

  21. Caishi Wunong (Five Melodies of Mr. Cai; 1st of 3 pu); lyrics in are by Wang Wei, Linghu Chu, Jiang Huan, Wu Jun, Jiang Hong, Li Bai, Li He and Gu Kuang (YFSJ 59, #2; I/295)
  22. Bagong Cao (Melody of the Eight Dukes; 1st of 3 pu); lyrics "by Liu An, prince of Huai Nan" (YFSJ 58, #25; I/297)
  23. Zhaojun Yuan (Lament of [Princess] Zhao Jun); lyrics by "Wang Zhaojun", Wang Shuying's wife Ms. Liu, last ruler of Chen dynasty, Bai Juyi, Zhang Hu, Liang Shiqiong, Yang Ling (YFSJ 59, #1; I/298)
  24. Huangzhong Diao (Yellow Bell Tune [modal prelude]; only here); no preface; lyrics by Li He (compare with YFSJ 82; I/301)

    Folio 3

    Jin Dynasties (265 - 317 - 420; I/283)

  25. Gui Qu Lai Ci (Come Away Home; 1st of 25 pu); lyrics by Tao Yuanming (I/301)
  26. Meihua Qu (Plum Blossom Tune); source(s) unknown (I/302)
  27. Si Gui Yin (Thinking-of-Returning Prelude; 1st of 2 pu); lyrics by Shi Chong (YFSJ 58, #1; I/307)
  28. Feng Ru Song Ge (Song of Wind Through the Pines; 1st of 7 pu); lyrics by Jiao Ran the Monk (YFSJ 60, #7; I/307)
  29. Ting Qin Fu (Ode about Listening to the Qin; 1st of 2 pu); "by Bo Ya", source unknown (I/308)
  30. Boya Diao Ziqi (Boya Mourns Ziqi; 1st of 5 pu); "by Bo Ya", source unknown (I/310)

    Tang Dynasty (618 - 907; I/293)

  31. Yangguan Qu (Yang Pass Tune); lyrics by Wang Wei (YFSJ 80, #last; I/311)
  32. Chun Jiang Qu (Springtime River Melody; 1st of 6 pu); lyrics by Guo Zhen, Zhang Ji, and Zhang Zhongsu (compare with YFSJ 77, #2; I/312)

    Song Dynasties (998 - 1126 - 1280; I/295)

  33. Shuang Qing Zhuan (Paired Clarity Chronicle; also Yuan He Shuang Qing; 1st of 17 pu); lyrics attrib. (Song) Recluse (Shi Yangxiu? Source?; I/313)
  34. Zheng Qi Ge (Song of Correct Attitude; 1st of 2 pu); lyrics by Wen Tianxiang (I/316)
  35. Gu Qiu Feng (Ancient Autumn Breeze; melody and lyrics related to several Shang Yi); lyrics diff. from this title in Yuefu Shiji; source unknown (I/318)

    Addition: Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644; I/308)

  36. Kechuang Yehua (Evening Talk at a Guest's Window; 1st of 23 pu); no pu attributes melody; some say lyrics are by Liu Ji (1311-1375; I/318).

Huang Shida Tai Gu Yi Yin addition (1515)

  1. Qian Chibi Fu (Former Red Cliff Ode; 1st of 11 pu, but others are all unrelated); lyrics are poem of Su Dongpo (I/328)
  2. Hou Chibi Fu (Latter Red Cliff Ode; 1st of 4 pu); lyrics are poem of Su Dongpo (I/330)

    - Foreword by He Xu to his fu poem (I/320)
    - Fu poem by He Xu about Taigu Yiyin (I/321)
    - Afterword by He Zhuang (I/324)

 
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