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Zhu Wenji
- Qin Shi #142
朱文濟 1
琴史 #142 2

The biography of Zhu Wenji is told together with that of his opponent, a fellow "daizhao" (a Hanlin academy rank, in this case apparently specializing in qin3) named Zhao Yi.4 The story of Zhu Wenji showing the Song Taizong emperor (reigned 976-992) that the seven string qin could do everything the nine-string qin could do is also related in Chapter 6a1 of Xu Jian's history.

Zhu Wenji was the qin teacher of Yi Zhong. Yi Zhong, as the teacher of Zhi Bai and Yi Hai, could be considered the founder of the Northern Song's "qin monk faction".5

Qinshu Cunmu, Folio 3, #3, lists a handbook, Qin Zadiaopu, attributed to Zhu Wenji in the Song Chronicles, but it has no further information.

Zhu Wenji is also mentioned in QSDQ. See,

Folio 17, #37.
Folio 17, #45.

The original Qin Shi essay begins as follows.

Zhu Wenji and Zhao Yi were both good qin players. They were daizhao when the Song Taizong emperor (r.976 - 998) designed a nine-string qin and a five string ruan lute. Zhao Yi said it was a good idea, Zhu Wenji considered it unacceptable. The emperor said, Wen Wang and Wu Wang each added a string. Why can I not also?....

Further details in preparation.

 
Footnotes (Shorthand references are explained on a separate page)

1. Zhu Wenji 朱文濟
Bio/xxx; 14779.xxx. 文濟 13766.855xxx (Ming dynasty) (Return)

2. 7 lines
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3. For qin daizhao see QSCB, Chapter 6a1.
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4. Zhao Yi 趙裔
Bio. 1642 趙裔 concerns a noted painter of the Later Liang dynasty (907 - 923).
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5. 琴僧系統 qin monk faction
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