Traditional analysis can be philosophical or cosmological as well as musical.2 As for musical analysis, this requires musical examples and historical data, and for collection, preservation and descriptions of this we are most greatly indebted to the guqin work of 1956 led by
Regarding the photo at right, Zha Fuxi, Pu Xuezhai and Guan Pinghu were all qin players. Li Yuanqing was then Director of the Music Research Institute, while Yang Yinliu was probably the most important historian of Chinese music in general.
Li Yuanqing; Zha Fuxi; Pu Xuezhai; Yang Yinliu; Guan Pinghu
Articles in this section include
- Dapu: Bringing Old Music to Life
- see also Bell Yung on Dapu
- Historically Informed Qin Performance
- Requiring silk strings
- Qin Tunings, Some Theoretical Concepts
- for practical details see Tuning a Qin
- Just Intonation Tuning?
- Modality in Early Ming Qin Tablature
- compare Mode and Structure in Jieshi Diao You Lan
- Rhythm in Early Ming Qin Tablature
- Rivers in Spring and Autumn (concerns music structures)
- Use of ornamentation in guqin play
- Mostly concerns arguments about changes in the relative importance of the left and right hands
- Guqin improvisation
- Ranging from personal interpretation to free improvisation
- "作 Zuo": Was qin music "composed" or ?created"?
- To what extent can one call qin melodies "compositions" in the general Western sense?
Footnotes (Shorthand references are explained on a
Yang Yinliu and
楊蔭瀏 Yang Yinliu (1899–1984;
This photo, dated 1954, was copied from
Zha Fuxi: Qinxue Wencui.
Yang Yinliu was a noted music historian. The following is an article by him about the qin (I do not know who translated it):
楊蔭瀏 Ernest Y.L. Yang. 2009. 《琴譜》 The chin music.
"In Chinese and English, with transcriptions of qin music as played by 王燕卿 Wang Yanqing" (1867-1921;
As a side note, Yang Yinliu's name was listed in a 1930s Chinese Protestant Church hymnal as "Ernest Yang". Thanks to Woo Shingkwan for sending me a pdf copy of two relevant pages, as well as the above reference. He was apparently 聖公會 an Anglican
(see the Chinese Wiki). Hia arrangement of Yangguan Sandie as a church hymn is mentioned
李元慶 Li Yuanqing was apparently an administrator.
Differing types of analysis
Attitudes towards the qin can vary depending on the background. This is discussed in detail in an extended essay (in Chinese) 劉承華 Liu Chenghua called
(An historical examincation of the relationship between scholars' qin and artists' qin).
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