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About this product
- DescriptionThe lute, ch'in or guqin is one of China's oldest and most revered musical instruments. Records indicate that it has been a favourite of the literary classes for more than 2,500 years; Confucius himself was a great lover of the instrument. Over the centuries, it became representative of the life, taste and pastimes of the Chinese literati. In addition to its contributions to solo and orchestral musical arrangements, a wealth of symbolic meaning accrued to the lute over time. Not only was kwledge of the instrument reserved for the literati; its study was believed to be conducive to meditation and to facilitate intellectual enlightenment. While a significant body of literature has been written on the lute in Chinese, the present mograph is the first to assemble a broad picture of the instrument and its cultural significance in English. The author, a rewned Silogue and linguist, studied the playing of the instrument under one of the most famous lute masters of his age.
- Author BiographyRobert H. van Gulik (1910-1967) was educated at the Universities of Leiden and Utrecht, and served in the Dutch diplomatic service in China, Korea, Japan and the USA among other postings. Fluent in Chinese, Japanese as well as several other Oriental languages, he studied the playing of the instrument under one of the most famous lute masters of his age.
- Author(s)Robert H. Van Gulik
- PublisherOrchid Press Publishing Limited
- Date of Publication02/03/2011
- SubjectMusic & Dance
- Country of PublicationThailand
- ImprintOrchid Press Publishing Limited
- Content Note2-Colour, 37 Black and White Plates; 8 Woodcuts
- Weight901 g
- Width184 mm
- Height251 mm
- Spine22 mm
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