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Xilutang qinpu 西麓堂琴譜 "Scores for the Zither from the Hall of the Western Slope"


The Xilutang qinpu 西麓堂琴譜 "Scores for the Zither from the Hall of the Western Slope" is a collection of music scores for small zither (qin 琴) compiled by the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) master Wang Zhi 汪芝, courtesy name Wang Shirui 汪時瑞, style Yunlan shanren 云嵐山人. He came from Shexian 歙縣, Anhui, and was a famous zither player and song collector during the Jiajing reign 嘉靖 (1522-1566). His 25 juan "scrolls" long collection is the product of thirty years of work. The first 5 juan include statements on the zither that are mainly based on Xu Li's 徐理 Qintong 琴統 and the book Taigu yiyin 太古遺音 from the Song period 宋 (960-1279). The rest of the book consists of the scores of 170 different songs. Part of them dates from the Song period, but the greater number of the melodies are rare compositions from later times, like two versions of the song Guanglin san 廣陵散 or the songs Shenren chang 神人暢, Jianxuan mingjun 間弦明君, Fengyun you 風雲游 or Song Yu beiqiu 宋玉悲秋. Wang Zhi's collection is of high value for the history of music in China. It only survived in three different manuscripts that were reproduced by the Zhonghua shuju press 中華書局 and in the collection Qinqu jicheng 琴曲集成 from 1963.

Source: Wu Zhao 吳釗 (1989). "Xilutang qinpu 西麓堂琴譜", in: Zhongguo da baike quanshu 中國大百科全書, Yinyue wudao 音樂•舞蹈, Beijing/Shanghai: Zhongguo da baike quanshu chubanshe, p. 714.
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