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      Listed alphabetically by pinyin (Chinese romanization) in three groups:
titled melodies, short songs and modal preludes. Compare:
           chronologically by handbook (plus my other recordings)
           alphabetically by translation (no pinyin)
           Chinese characters by pinyin (no translation).
      No number indicates an alternate title for the linked one.
      Double listing means I have learned two versions.

My repertoire as listed below consists of approximately 300 melodies I have personally reconstructed (written out staff notation for and can play from memory). Almost all are available in recordings, though only 77 of them have been released in CD form, these latter comprising all the music from two of the three earliest surviving handbooks: Shen Qi Mi Pu (1425) and Zheyin Shizi Qinpu (>1505).3 As for the second and fourth handbooks, Wusheng Qinpu (1457) and Taigu Yiyin (1511 and 1515), I have transcribed and recorded all five of the former; from the latter I have transcribed all 38 melodies (and recorded 31), but have recorded myself singing only a few of them. The seven I have not recorded are ones for which I have recorded earlier versions of the same titles. Since the 1511 melodies are paired to lyrics they consequently would be best done with a separate singer. Beyond this, I have learned over 80 melodies from Xilutang Qintong (1525), plus a number of melodies from other sources, including all 13 pieces published in pre-Ming handbooks, plus over 50 from the following later Ming dynasty handbooks: Faming Qinpu (1530), Fengxuan Xuanpin (1539), Wuyin Qinpu (1579), Longhu Qinpu (1585), Yuwu Qinpu (1589), Zhenchuan Zhengzong Qinpu (1589 and 1609), Sanjiao Tongsheng (1592), Songxianguan Qinpu (1614) and Guyin Zhengzong (1634). The links below are to the melodies I have learned from all these handbooks.4

Including the Taigu Yiyin melodies, I have also done a number of partial reconstructions:5 these are melodies or versions of melodies for which I have written out transcriptions, but which I do not feel that I play fluently enough for recording or performance. These especially include qin songs.6

This website also has pages with my commentary on several other melodies, including some that I do not currently play, such as Pu'an Zhou.7 However, these and the partially learned melodies are not included in this list, as it includes only those melodies which I have learned to play fluently (though I may need a few days' practice first). With Taigu Yiyin in particular I need to work with a specialist who can help with details of the relationship between the music and the natural rhythms of the poetry.

Titled melodies (alphabetically by romanization; below this are the modal preludes)

  1. Ba Jiu Wen Yue (把酒問月, Wine in Hand Asking the Moon, 1618)
  2. Bai Xue (白雪, White Snow; 1425)
  3. Baji You (八極遊, Roaming to the Eight Corners of the earth; 1425)
  4. Boya Diao Ziqi (伯牙弔子期, Boya Mourns Ziqi, 1511; compare 1525)
  5. Boya Diao Ziqi (伯牙弔子期, Boya Mourns Ziqi; 1525)
  6. Caishi Wunong (蔡氏五弄, Five Melodies of the Cai Clan; 1511)
  7. Cai Zhen You (採真遊, Roaming to Gather the True; 1525)
  8. Cangwu Yuan (蒼梧怨, Cangwu Lament; 1525)
  9. Caoman Yin (操縵引, Strum Silk Prelude; 1585)
  10. Caotang Yin (草堂吟, Thatched Cottage Intonation; a suite of 4 songs; <1676 [compare Li Yun Chun Si])
  11. Chang Qing (長清, Long Clarity; 1425)
  12. Chonghe Yin (冲和吟, Intonation on Balanced Vital Force; 1525)
  13. Chu Ge (楚歌, Song of Chu; 1425)
  14. Chun Gui Yuan (春閨怨, Spring Chamber Lament; 1799? see Yu Lou Chun Xiao)
  15. Chun Jiang (春江, Spring on the River; included under 1511 Chun Jiang Qu but actually from 1539)
  16. Chun Jiang (春江, Spring River; 1525)
  17. Chun Jiang Qu (春江曲, Springtime River Melody; 1511)
  18. Chun Jiang Wan Tiao (春江晚眺, Spring River Evening View; included under 1511 Chun Jiang but actually from 1525)
  19. Chun Si (春思, Spring Thoughts; 1525)
  20. Chunxiao Yin (春曉吟, Spring Dawn; 1525)
  21. Chun Yu (春雨, Spring Rain; 1457)
  22. Chutai Yin (處泰吟, Dwell at the Source; 1525)
  23. Da Guan Yin (達觀吟, Intonation on Being Free of Worldly Emotions; included under Guanghan You but actually from 1525)
  24. Da Hujia (大胡笳, Nomad Reed Pipe, Long Version; 1425)
  25. Da Ming Yi Tong (大明一統, Unity of the Great Ming; 1539)
  26. Da Ya (大雅, Epic Virtue; 1425)
  27. Dao Yi (搗衣, Pounding Cloth; 1589)
    Diemeng Yin (蝶夢吟, Butterfly Dream; 1425)
  28. Ding Hui Yin (定慧引, Fixed on Mental Pursuits; included under Dunshi Cao but actually from 1525)
  29. Dongting Qiu Si (洞庭秋思, Autumn Reverie at Dongting; 1525)
  30. Duan Qing (短清, Short Clarity; 1425)
  31. Dunshi Cao (遯世操, Withdrawing from Society; 1425)
  32. Fan Canglang (泛滄浪, Floating on the Canglang River; 1425)
  33. Fei Dian Yin (飛電吟, Intonation on Lightning Flashes; 1525)
  34. Feiming Yin (飛鳴吟, Calling out in Flight; 1425)
  35. Feng Lei (風雷, Wind and Thunder; 1525)
  36. Feng Lei Yin (風雷引, Wind and Thunder Invocation; 1539)
  37. Feng Qiu Huang (鳳求凰, A Phoenix Seeks his Mate; 1525)
  38. Feng Qiu Huang (鳳求凰, A Phoenix Seeks his Mate; 1585)
  39. Feng Qiu Huang (鳳求凰, A Phoenix Seeks his Mate; 1589)
    Feng Qiu Huang (鳳求凰 1539, see Wenjun Cao below)
  40. Gao Shan (高山, High Mountains; 1425)
  41. Gufeng Cao (古風操, The Ancient Style; 1425)
  42. Gu Guan Yu Shen (孤館遇神, Encountering Spirits in an Isolated Mansion; 1525)
  43. Gu Jiao Xing (古交行, Engaging with Old Friends, 1525)
  44. Gu Jiao Xing (古交行, Engaging with Old Friends, 1539)
  45. Gukou Yin (谷口引, Gukou Allure; 1525)
  46. Gu Yuan (古怨, Ancient Lament; 12th/13th c. CE)
  47. Guan Ju (關雎, Cry of the Ospreys; <1491)
  48. Guan Ju Qu (關雎曲, Osprey Cry Tune; 1511)
  49. Guanghan Qiu (廣寒秋, Autumn in a Lunar Palace; 1425)
  50. Guanghan You (廣寒遊, Wandering in a Lunar Palace; 1425)
  51. Guangling San (廣陵散, Guangling Melody; 1425)
  52. Guangling San (廣陵散(小), Guangling Melody [later short version]; 1634)
  53. Guangling Zhen Qu (廣陵真趣, Guangling True Essence; 1634)
  54. Gui Geng (歸耕, Return to Ploughing; 1539)
  55. Gui Qu Lai Ci (歸去來辭, Come Away Home; 1511)
  56. Han Gong Qiu (漢宮秋, Autumn in the Han Palace; 1525)
  57. Han Jie Cao (漢節操, Han Credentials Melody; 1525)
  58. He Ming Jiugao (鶴鳴九皋, Cranes Cry in the Nine Marshpools; 1425)
  59. He Wu Dongtian (鶴舞洞天, Cranes Dance in the Grotto-Heaven; 1525)
  60. Hong Fei (鴻飛, [Wild] Geese Flying; 1457)
  61. Huaxu Yin (懷古吟, Huaxu Clan Prelude; 1425)
  62. Huai Gu Yin (華胥引, Cherish Antiquity Intonation; 1525)
  63. Huangyun Qiusai (黃雲秋塞, Yellow Clouds of Autumn at the Frontier; 1425)
  64. Huo Lin (獲麟, Captured Unicorn; 1425)
  65. Ji Qing Cao (寄情操, Melody for Expressing Emotion; 1539)
  66. Jiang Yue Bai (江月白, White Moon over the River; 1525)
  67. Jiao Qi Yin (膠漆吟, Glue and Lacquer Intonation; 1525)
  68. Jie Yu Ge (接輿歌 Song of Jie Yu; 1618)
  69. Jieshi Diao You Lan (碣石調幽蘭, Towering Rock Melody Secluded Orchid; pre-Tang?)
  70. Jing Guan Yin (靜觀吟, Contemplative Intonation; 1579)
  71. Jiu Kuang (酒狂, Wine Mad; 1425)
  72. Jiu Kuang (酒狂, Wine Mad: the song; 1589)
  73. Kai Gu (慨古, Sigh for Antiquity; 1425)
  74. Kai Gu (慨古, Sigh for Antiquity; 1539)
  75. Kangqu Yao (康衢謠, Ballad of the Highroad; 1525)
  76. Kechuang Yehua (客窗夜話, Evening Talk by a Guest's Window; 1511)
  77. Kongtong Yin (崆峒引, Kongtong Mountain Prelude; 1525)
  78. Kongtong Wen Dao (崆峒問道, Discussing the Dao at Kongtong Mountain; 1525)
  79. Kongsheng Jing (孔聖經, Sacred Confucian Annal; 1592)
  80. Li Ling Si Han (李陵思漢, Li Ling Thinks of Han; 1525)
  81. Li Sao (離騷, Falling into Grief; 1425)
  82. Li Yun Chun Si (梨雲春思, Pear-White Clouds, Spring Thoughts; a suite of 10 songs [1664; compare Cao Tang Yin])
  83. Liangxiao Yin (良宵引, Peaceful Evening Prelude; 1614)
  84. Lienü Yin (列女引, Exemplary Woman Prelude; 1525)
  85. Liezi Yu Feng (列子御風, Liezi Rides the Wind; 1425)
  86. Lin He Xiuxi (臨河修禊, Riverside Purification Ceremony; 1664)
  87. Lingxu Yin (凌虛吟, Ascending the Great Void; 1425)
  88. Linqiong Yin (臨邛吟, Linqiong Melody; 1525)
  89. Liu Shang (流觴, Floating Wine-Cups; 1525)
  90. Liu Shui (流水, Flowing Streams; 1425)
  91. Longshuo Cao (龍朔操, Melody from Longshuo; 1425)
  92. Lou Shi Ming (陋室銘, Inscription on a Crude Dwelling; 1539)
  93. Lu Ming (鹿鳴, Deer Calls; 1618)
  94. Meihua Sannong (梅花三弄, Three Repetitions of Plum Blossom; 1425)
  95. Meishao Yue (梅梢月, Moon Atop a Plum Tree; 1525)
  96. Mengji Yin (蒙棘引, Covered Brambles Prelude; 1525)
  97. Meng Ou (盟鷗; Bonding with Seagulls; 1457)
  98. Mingde Yin (明德引, Bright Virtue Prelude; 1592)
  99. Mozi Bei Ge (墨子悲歌, Mozi Sings with Feeling; 1589)
  100. Moshang Sang (陌上桑, Mulberry Lane; 1597)
  101. Nanfeng Ge (南風歌, Song of the South Wind; 1511); different from the Nan Feng Ge below)
  102. Nan Feng Chang (南風暢, Southern Winds Rhapsody; 1525)
  103. Nanxun Ge (南薰歌, Song of Southern Breezes; <1491)
  104. Oulu Wang Ji (鷗鷺忘機, No Ulterior Motives Regarding Seabirds; 1620)
  105. Pei Lan (佩蘭, Fragrant Orchid; 1539)
    Pingsha Luoyan (平沙雁落, see 雁落平沙 Yan Luo Pingsha: Wild Geese Descend on a Sandbank)
    Qi Qi (騎氣, Ride the Vapors; see Shen You Liu He)
  106. Qiao Ge (樵歌, Woodcutter's Song; 1425)
  107. Qingjing Jing (清靜經, Canon of Purity and Tranquility; 1592)
  108. Qingye Yin (清夜吟, Clear Evening Intonation; 1525)
  109. Qing Yun Ge (卿雲歌, Song of Auspicious Clouds; 1525)
  110. Qiu Feng (秋風, Autumn Winds; 1525)
  111. Qiu Hong (秋鴻, Wild Geese in Autumn; 1425)
  112. Qiu Jiang Wandiao (秋江晚釣, Autumn River Evening Fishing; 1530)
  113. Qiu Jiang Yebo (秋江夜泊, Autumn River Night Anchorage; 1614)
  114. Qiu Xiao Bu Yue (秋宵步月 Autumn Night Moon Walk; 1525)
  115. Qiu Yue Yin (秋夜吟, Autumn Evening Intonation; 1525)
  116. Qiu Yue Zhao Maoting (秋月昭茅亭, Autumn Moon Shining on a Reed Pavilion; 1425)
  117. Qu Yuan Wen Du (屈原問渡, Qu Yuan Asks for Advice; <1491)
  118. Shanju Yin (山居吟, Mountain Life; 1425)
  119. Shanju Yin (山居吟, Mountain Life; <1491)
  120. Shanzhong Si Youren (山中思友人, Amidst Mountains Thinking of an Old Friend; 1425)
  121. Shen You Liuhe (神遊六合, Spirit Roaming the Universe; 1425)
  122. Shenhua Yin (神化引, Metamorphosis; 1425)
  123. Shenren Chang (神人暢, Rhapsody of Holy Men; 1525)
  124. Sheng De Song (盛德頌, Hymn of Grand Moral Virtue; 1530)
  125. Shiba Xueshi Deng Yingzhou (十八學士登瀛洲, 18 Scholars Ascend Yingzhou [under 1525 瀛洲 Ying Zhou but actually from 1530)
  126. Shishang Liu Quan (石上流泉, On a Rock by a Flowing Spring; 1525)
  127. Shitan Zhang (釋談章, Stanzas of Siddham; 1592)
  128. Shitan Zhang (釋談章, Stanzas of Siddham; 1609)
  129. Shi Xian (師賢, Respect the Virtuous; <1491)
  130. Shuang Qing Zhuan (雙清傳, Tale of Clarity in Thought and Action, i.e., of Gibbon and Crane; 1511)
  131. Shuilong Yin (水龍吟, Water Dragon Intonation; 1589)
  132. Shuixian Qu (水仙曲, Water Immortals' Melody; 1579)
  133. Si Qin Cao (思親操, Thinking-of-Parents Melody; 1511)
  134. Si Gui Yin (思歸引, Longing to Return Prelude; 1511)
  135. Si Gui Yin (思歸引, Longing to Return Prelude; 1585)
  136. Si Shun (思舜, Thinking of [Emperor] Shun; <1491)
  137. Si Si Ge (四思歌, Song of Four Laments; 1597)
  138. Song Yu Bei Qiu (宋玉悲秋, Song Yu Mourns Autumn; 1525)
  139. Taoyuan Chunxiao (桃源春曉, Spring Dawn at Peach Spring; 1525)
  140. Tianfeng Huanpei (天風環珮, Jade Pendants in a Heavenly Breeze; 1425)
  141. Tiantai Yin (天台引, Mount Tiantai Prelude; 只存第一、二段 Sections 1-2 only; <1491)
  142. Tiao Xian Pin (調絃品, String Tuning Melody; 1525)
  143. Ting Qin Fu (聽琴賦, Ode about Listening to the Qin; 1511)
  144. Wang Ji (忘機, No Ulterior Motives; 1425)
  145. Weibin Yin (渭濱吟, Wei Riverbank Intonation; 1539)
  146. Wen Wang Qu (文王曲, Wen Wang's Songs; 1511)
  147. Wu Ye Ti (烏夜啼, Evening Call of the Raven; 1425)
  148. Wu Ye Ti (烏夜啼, Evening Call of the Raven; <1491)
  149. Wuye Wu Qiufeng (梧葉舞秋風, Leaves Dance in an Autumn Breeze)
  150. Xianpei Ying Feng (仙珮迎風, Fairy Jade in the Wind; 1525)
  151. Xian Shan Yue (仙山月, Moon over the Immortals' Mountain; 1457)
  152. Xianweng Cao (仙翁操, Melody of the Transcendent Venerable One; "traditional"? See Caoman Yin)
  153. Xiang Fei Yuan (湘妃怨, Lament of the Xiang River Concubines; 1511)
  154. Xiao Hujia (小胡笳, Nomad Reed Pipe, Short Version; 1425)
  155. Xiao Xiang Shui Yun (瀟湘水雲, Clouds over the Xiao and Xiang Rivers; 1425)
  156. Xiaoyao Yin (逍遙吟, Carefree Intonation; 1525)
  157. Xiaoyao You (逍遙遊, Carefree Roaming; 1525)
  158. Xing Tan (杏壇, Apricot Tree Forum; 1525)
  159. Xing Xin Ji (醒心集, Awakened Minds; 1585)
  160. Xiuxi Yin (修禊吟, Purification Ceremony Intonation; 1525)
  161. Xuan Mei (玄默, Profoundly Serene; 1425)
  162. Xue Chuang Ye Hua (雪窗夜話, Evening Talk by a Snowy Window; 1525)
  163. Yasheng Cao (亞聖操, Proximate Sage Melody; 1511)
  164. Yan Guo Hengyang (雁過衡陽, Wild Geese Traverse Hengyang; 1539)
  165. Yan Luo Pingsha (aka 平沙雁落 Pingsha Luo Yan: Wild Geese Descend on a Sandbank)
  166. Yanyi Ge (扊扅歌, Doorbar Song; 1525)
  167. Yang Chun (陽春, Sunny Spring; 1425)
  168. Yang Chun (陽春, Sunny Spring; 1525)
  169. Yangguan Qu (陽關曲, Song of Yangguan, 1511)
  170. Yangguan Sandie (陽關三疊, Thrice Parting for Yangguan; <1491)
  171. Yangguan Sandie (陽關三疊, Thrice Parting for Yangguan; 1530)
  172. Yao Tian Sheng He (瑤天笙鶴, Jade Sheng Heavenly Crane; 1525)
  173. Yi Guanshan (憶關山, Thinking of Guanshan; 1525)
  174. Yi Lan (猗蘭, Flourishing Orchid; 1425)
  175. Yi Qiao Jin Lü (一撒金, Going for Shoes under the Bridge; 1525)
  176. Yi Sa Jin (圯橋進履, First Scatter Gold; 1539)
  177. Yi Ye Zhi Qiu (一葉知秋, Knowing Autumn from a Single Leaf; 1525)
  178. Yi Zhen (頤真, Nourishing One's Natural Character; 1425)
  179. Yin De (隱德, Hidden Virtue; 1425)
  180. Ying Zhou (瀛州, Yingzhou; 1525)
    You Lan (幽蘭, Secluded Orchid [碣石調幽蘭 Jieshidiao You Lan])
  181. You Lan (幽蘭, Secluded Orchid; 1525)
  182. Yu Ge (漁歌, Fisherman's Song; 1525)
  183. Yu Ge (漁歌, Fisherman's Song; <1491)
  184. Yu Hui Tushan (禹會塗山, Emperor Yu's Gathering at Mount Tu; 1425)
  185. Yu Hui Tushan (禹會塗山, Emperor Yu's Gathering at Mount Tu; <1491)
    Yu Lou Chun Xiao (玉樓春曉, Spring Dawn from a Jade Tower [春閨怨 Chun Gui Yuan])
  186. Yu Qiao Wenda (漁樵問答, Dialogue between a Fisherman and Woodcutter; 1559)
  187. Yushu Lin Feng (玉樹臨風, Jade Tree in a Breeze; 1525)
  188. Yu Xian Yin (遇仙吟, Intonation on Meeting an Immortal; 1573 & 1585)
  189. Yuan You (遠遊, Wander Afar; 1525)
  190. Yueshang Cao (越裳操, Yueshang Melody; 1525)
  191. Yueshang Yin (越裳吟, Yueshang Intonation; 1525)
  192. Zepan Yin (澤畔吟, Marshbank Melody; 1425)
  193. Zhaojun Yuan (昭君怨, Zhao Jun's Lament; 1425)
  194. Zhao Yin (招隱, Seeking Seclusion; 1425)
  195. Zheng Qi Ge (正氣歌, Song of Integrity, 1511)
  196. Zhi Zhao Fei (雉朝飛, [Paired] Pheasants' Morning Flight; 1425; 1425)
  197. Zhi Zhao Fei (雉朝飛, [Paired] Pheasants' Morning Flight; <1491)
  198. Zhongqiu Yue (中秋月, Mid-autumn Moon; 1614)
  199. Zhuangzhou Meng Die (莊周夢蝶, Zhuangzi's Butterfly Dream; 1425)
  200. Zui Yu Chang Wan (醉漁唱晚, A Drunken Fisherman Sings in the Evening; 1525)
    Zuo Wang (坐忘, Sitting and Forgetting; = Xuan Mei, 1425)

    Short Songs and Modal Preludes:

    Short Qin Songs 8 (under two minutes; see also this list):
    Note that, in addition to the single titles short songs below, there are more in several song suites listed above. These suites include Li Yun Chun Si, Cao Tang Yin and Caishi Wunong.
        - Single title long songs are included in this list
        - Instrumental melodies that have one or two sections with lyrics are listed here.
        - "<1676" assumes it was one of the songs taken to Japan by Jiang Xingchou

  201. Ba Gong Cao (八公操, Melody of the Eight Dukes; 1511)
  202. Basheng Ganzhou (八聲甘州, Eight Sounds of Ganzhou; <1676)
  203. Bie Gu Cao (別鵠操, Parting Snowgoose Melody; 1511)
  204. Can Xing Cao (殘形操, Partial Form Melody; 1511)
  205. Chang Xiang Si (長相思, Everlasting Longing; <1676)
  206. Dao Yi Qu (搗衣曲, Pounding Cloth Melody; 1539)
  207. Dongfeng Qi Zhuo Li; (東風齊著力, East Winds Work Together; <1676)
  208. Fenghuang Taishang Yi Chui Xiao (鳳凰臺上憶吹簫, On Phoenix Terrace Recalling the Playing of a Flute; <1676)
  209. Feng Ru Song Ge (風入松, Song of Wind Through Pines; 1511)
  210. Gu Qin Yin (古琴吟, Old Qin Melody, 1864; compare 相思曲 Xiang Si Qu in 5 editions from 1573)
  211. Gu Qiu Feng (古秋風, Old Autumn Wind; 1511)
  212. Gui Shan Cao (龜山操, Turtle Mountain Melody; 1511)
  213. Gui Yuan Cao (閨怨操, Lament in a Lady's Chamber; 1609)
  214. He Chong Xiao (鶴沖霄, Cranes Pierce the Clouds; <1676)
  215. Jiang Gui Cao (將歸操, About to Return Melody; 1511)
  216. Ju You Cao (拘幽操, Gloomy Detention Melody; 1511)
  217. Ke Shang Cao (剋商操, Overcoming Shang Melody; played here at end of 文王操 Wen Wang Cao [Wen Wang Melody]; 1511)
  218. Lang Tao Sha (浪淘沙, Waves Scouring the Sands; <1676)
  219. Libie Nan (離別難, Separation Sorrows; <1676)
  220. Lü Shuang Cao (履霜操, Walk in the Frost Melody; 1511)
  221. Mei Hua (梅花, Plum Blossoms; <1676)
  222. Nan Feng Ge; different from the 1511 Nan Feng Ge
  223. Nan Pu Yue (南浦月, South Bank Moon; <1676)
  224. Ou Cheng (偶成, Stray Thoughts; <1676)
  225. Pili Yin (霹靂引, Thunderbolt Prelude <1676)
  226. Qi Shan Cao (岐山操, Melody of Mount Qi; 1511)
  227. Qin Shi (琴詩, Qin Poem; 1590)
  228. Qing Ping Yue (清平樂, Clear Peaceful Music; <1676)
  229. Qiu Feng Ci (秋風辭, Autumn Wind Ode; <1676)
  230. Qiu Feng Ci (秋風詞, Autumn Wind Lyrics; 1840)
  231. Qiu Feng Qu (秋風曲, Autumn Wind Melody; 1709)
  232. Rui He Xian (瑞鶴仙, Auspicious Crane Immortal; <1676)
  233. Shi Yin (詩吟, Intonation for Poetry; 1573 but see 1585)
  234. Shui Diao Ge Tou (水調歌頭, Water Tune Prelude; 1687)
  235. Tanpo Huan Xi Sha (攤破浣溪沙, Extended Washing at Creekside; 1682)
  236. Wen Wang Cao (文王操, Wen Wang's Melody, played together with 剋商操 Ke Shang Cao [Overcoming Shang Melody]; 1511)
  237. Wenjun Cao (文君操 Wenjun Melody; 1539)
  238. Wen Yang (汶陽, North of the Wen; 1457)
  239. Wuling Chun (Wuling Spring; 1687)
  240. Xiang Si Qu (相思曲, 一, Melody of Mutual Love; 1573; first of 5+1 versions: "+1" is the 1864 古琴吟 Gu Qin Yin)
  241. Xiang Si Qu (相思曲, 二, Melody of Mutual Love; 1585; second of the 5+1 versions)
  242. Xiang Si Qu (相思曲, 三, Melody of Mutual Love; 1618; third of the 5+1 versions)
  243. Xiang Si Qu (相思曲, 四, Melody of Mutual Love; <1676; fourth of the 5+1 versions)
  244. Xiang Si Qu (相思曲, 五, Melody of Mutual Love; 1709; fifth of the 5+1 versions)
  245. Yi Wang Sun (憶王孫, Recalling a Prince; <1676)
  246. You Jian Quan (幽澗泉, Secluded Cascading Spring; <1676)
  247. Yu Ge Diao (漁歌調, Melody of the Fisherman's Song; <1491)
  248. Yue Dang Ting (月當廳, Moon Over the Event Hall; <1676)
  249. Yueshang Cao (Yueshang Melody; 越裳操, 1511)
  250. Zhi Zhao Fei (雉朝飛, [Paired] Pheasants Fly in the Morning; 1511)
  251. Zhu Zhi Ci (竹枝詞, Bamboo Branch Lyrics; <1676)
  252. Ziye Wu Ge (子夜吳歌, Ziye Song of Wu; <1676)
  253. Zui Weng Cao (醉翁操, Old Toper's Melody; <1676)
  254. Zui Weng Yin (醉翁吟, Old Toper's Chant; 1539)
  255. Zui Weng Yin (醉翁吟, Old Toper's Chant; 1571)

    Modal preludes (all in one section) (alphabetically by romanization; above this are the titled melodies)

  256. Biyu Yi (碧玉意, Defining Green Jade Mode; 1525)
  257. Dalü Yi (大呂意, Defining Da Lü [Great Tone] Mode; 1525)
  258. Gong Diao (宮調, Gong Mode; Song dynasty?)
  259. Gong Yi (宮意, Defining Gong Mode; Song dynasty?)
  260. Huangzhong Diao (黃鐘調, Yellow Bell Mode; 1511)
  261. Huangzhong Yi (黃鐘意, Defining Huangzhong [Yellow Bell] Mode; 1525)
  262. Jiazhong Yi (角調, Defining Jiazhong Mode; 1525)
  263. Jue Diao (夾鍾意, Jue Mode; Song dynasty?)
  264. Jue Yi (角意, Defining Jue Mode; Song dynasty?)
  265. Jue Yi (角意, Defining Jue Mode; 1525)
  266. Juezhiyu Yi (角徵羽意, Defining Juezhiyu Mode; 1525)
  267. Kaizhi Huangying Yin (開指黃鶯吟, Prelude to Intonation of the Golden Oriole; Song dynasty?)
  268. Kai Zhi (開指, Opening Fingering; connected to Qiu Yue Zhao Mao Ting? )
  269. Linzhong Yi (林鍾意, Defining Linzhong Mode; 1525)
  270. Qingshang Diao (清商調, Qingshang Mode; 1589)
    Qingshang Yi (清商意, Defining Qingshang Mode; 1425)
  271. Qingyu Yi (清羽意, Defining Qingyu Mode; 1525)
  272. Shang Diao (商調, Shang Mode; Song dynasty?)
  273. Shang Yi (商意, Defining Shang Mode [Song dynasty?])
  274. Shang Yi (商意, Defining Shang Mode; included under Shenpin Shang Yi but actually #16 in 1525
  275. Shang Yi (商意, Defining Shang Mode; included under Shenpin Shang Yi but actually #25 in 1525
  276. Shenpin Biyu Yi (神品碧玉意, Celestial Air Defining Biyu Mode; 1425)
  277. Shenpin Chushang Yi (品楚商意, Celestial Air Defining Chushang Mode; 1425)
  278. Shenpin Gong Yi (神品宮意, Celestial Air Defining Gong Mode; 1425)
  279. Shenpin Gu Shang Yi (神品古商意, Celestial Air Defining Old Shang Mode; 1425)
  280. Shenpin Guxian Yi (神品姑洗意, Celestial Air Defining Guxian Mode; 1425)
  281. Shenpin Jue Yi (神品角意, Celestial Air Defining Jue Mode; 1425)
  282. Shenpin Qiliang Yi (神品淒涼意, Celestial Air Defining Qiliang [Desolation] Mode; 1425)
  283. Shenpin Ruibin Yi (神品蕤賓意, Celestial Air Defining Ruibin Mode; 1425)
  284. Shenpin Shang Yi (神品商意, Celestial Air Defining Shang Mode; 1425)
  285. Shenpin Shangjue Yi (神品商角意, Celestial Air Defining Shangjue Mode; 1425)
  286. Shenpin Wuyi Yi (神品無疑意, Celestial Air Defining Wuyi Mode; 1425)
  287. Shenpin Yu Yi (神品羽意, Celestial Air Defining Yu Mode; 1425)
  288. Shenpin Zhi Yi (神品徵意, Celestial Air Defining Zhi Mode; 1425)
  289. Taicou Yi (太簇意, Defining Taicou Mode; included under Dunshi Cao but actually in 1525)
  290. Wumei Yi (無媒意, Defining Wumei [No Go-between] Mode; 1525)
  291. Yize Yi (夷則意, Defining Yize Mode; 1525)
  292. Yingzhong Yi (應鐘意, Defining Yingzhong [Responding Bell] Mode; 1525)
  293. Yu Diao (羽調, Yu Mode; Song dynasty?)
  294. Yu Nü Yi (玉女意, Defining Jade Lady Mode; 1525)
  295. Yu Yi (羽意, Defining Yu Mode; Song dynasty?)
  296. Zhi Diao (徵意, Zhi Mode; Song dynasty?)
  297. Zhi Yi (徵調, Defining Zhi Mode; Song dynasty?)
  298. Zhi Yi (徵意, Defining Zhi Mode; 1425)
  299. Zhonglü Yi(仲呂意, Defining Zhonglü Mode; 1525)

Footnotes (Shorthand references are explained on a separate page)

1. My repertoire - further details
Almost always the melodies I have played since beginning my dapu project come from the earliest known existing tablature. So not listed here, in addition to any of my new works, are four of the seventeen titles I originally learned from my teacher Sun Yü-ch'in; these four had no arguably Ming dynasty editions and I have not played them in many years. The other 13 perhaps should not all count as true reconstructions as, although I am now playing their earliest known versions, most of these do have some similarity to their modern forms (and two of them, Xianweng Cao and Chun Gui Yuan, also seem to be quite recent).

Note also that "can play from memory" does not mean I can play them on demand: depending on their length and how long it has been since I last played them, it may require anywhere from one or two play throughs up to a week of practice so that I can play them in a manner that would allow me comfortably to play them for others.

See also origins of;

2. Silk string guqin music videos
There are also many on and .

3. Melodies on CD
Of the 77 tracks on my 7 CDs (for which transcriptions are also available), 24 tracks are currently online here in mp3 form.

4. Instrumental melody reconstructions not yet completed
Qin songs are mentioned further below. Instrumental melodies for which I have written transcriptions, but which I have not learned to play fluently enough for recording, include:

  1. A number of melodies from Xilutang Qintong (1525), including:
    • Moufu Kuang Jun (Moufu Admonishes his Lord; each section begins with lyrics)
    • Lishan Yin (Intonation of Mount Li)
    • Yu Shun Si Qin (Emperor Shun Thinks of his Parents)
      (There are more from 1525 not listed here)

  2. Various melodies from later handbooks, including,

There are also transcriptions of preludes for some of these melodies. The list also does not include some purely handwritten transcriptions.

5. Partial reconstructions
As mentioned above, I do not consider a reconstruction to be finalized until I can play the melody from memory - this insures to me that I have an understanding (at least my own understanding) of the overall structure of the melody. In addition to reconstructions I have completed, I have also written out transcriptions of at least 20 other melodies or versions of melodies, especially qin songs.

6. Qin songs for which I have only transcriptions
Qin songs are particularly problematic because, in addition to little being written about how the lyrics should relate to the music, I feel I must translate them before I have any chance of getting a correct feel for this relationship. There is also the problem of memorizing the lyrics for performance. Qin songs for which I have written out transcriptions, but which I have not learned to play fluently enough for performance (or usually recording), include:

  1. Although I have recorded 31 of the 38 songs in the Taigu Yiyin (1511), on my recordings I have sung only 12 of them, as mentioned above.
  2. One song from Fengxuan Xuanpin:
    • Li Ling Thinks of Han; I originally reconstructed this version, which has lyrics. I never learned to sing them - quite possibly they were never intended to be sung - and when I realized that Xilutang Qintong was published in 1525, not 1549, and thus had the earliest version, I learned that one instead.
  3. The long qin song 18 Songs of a Nomad Flute.
  4. Songs from various late Ming dynasty handbooks such as Zhenchuan Zhengzong Qinpu.
  5. A number of the songs in Japanese handbooks.

Completing these and other such melodies would at best be a cooperative effort including a singer.

In addition, of the pieces that I have recorded, but only the qin part, some are particularly needing sung versions. Of particular note here are "patriotic" and/or religious/meditative chants such as the following:


7. My original repertoire
In 1974/5 I learned Pu'an Zhou from my teacher Sun Yü-Ch'in, but for many years I haven't played any melodies as I learned them from him, or any other such melodies from today's common repertoire (this footnote makes some comments on the differences). I do play most of the same titles, but I play the earliest known published versions of them. At first I also did not play any of them if they were not published until after 1644, but now I do play the earliest versions of several of these, including Wu Ye Wu Qiu Feng and Yu Lou Chun Xiao (Chun Gui Yuan).

8. Short pieces
To these might be added my arrangements for qin of several songs in popular notation by Jiang Kui.

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