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Art Illustrating Guqin Melodies 聽兩個錄音 Listen to my two recordings     首頁
Zui Weng Cao (Old Toper's Lament)
Used as lyrics for Zui Weng Yin; calligraphy by Deng Yuping 1
醉翁操書法
鄧玉平 1 ; 見 醉翁吟

At right are four panels with calligraphy of a famous poem by Su Dongpo about Ouyang Xiu. In Deng's calligraphy a few characters have been changed. The original poem is translated in the Introduction to Zui Weng Yin.

琅然清圓,誰彈響空山?
無言,惟翁醉中知其天。
月明,風露娟娟,人未眠。
荷蕢過山前,
曰﹕有心也哉此賢。

醉翁嘯詠,聲和流泉。
醉翁去後,空有朝禽、夜猿。
山有時而童顛,水有時而回川,
思翁無歲年。
翁今為飛仙,此意在人間﹕
試聽徽外三兩絃。

While residing in the Langya mountains, near modern Chuzhou 100 km northwest of Nanjing, Ouyang Xiu had built a pavilion which he made famous through his essay An Account of the Old Toper's Pavilion. The photo below left shows a modern attempt to recreate this pavilion. There are also a number of classical paintings giving various artists' views of this pavilion. The one below right is by 仇英 Qiu Ying (1494 - 1552). Below that is one by the Japanese painter 池大雅 IKENO Taiga (1723 - 1776). Click on each image below for further details.

 
Footnotes (Shorthand references are explained on a separate page)

1. Deng Yuping 鄧玉平
I found this set of four scrolls in a shop at 琅琊山 Langya Mountain Park. The shopkeeper said Deng Yuping is a contemporary artist and calligrapher from 景德鎮 Jingdezhen in northwestern Jiangxi province. The park itself commemorates Ouyang Xiu's residence in the Langya mountains. The park has a number of pavilions, one of which is called 醉翁亭 Zuiweng Ting (see above). The original pavilion was said to have been made for Ouyang Xiu by the monk 智遷 Zhi Qian.
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