Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Chine. "Le Pêcheur et le Bûcheron": Le Qin, Cithare Des Lettrés / China. "The Fisherman and the Woodcutter": The Qin, Zither of the Literati

Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Chine. "Le Pêcheur et le Bûcheron": Le Qin, Cithare Des Lettrés / China. "The Fisherman and the Woodcutter": The Qin, Zither of the Literati

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EAST ASIA

Chine. "Le pêcheur et le bûcheron": Le qin, cithare des lettrés / China. "The Fisherman and the Woodcutter": The Qin, Zither of the Literati 2007. Archives Internationales de Musique Populaire, AIMP 82. Disques VDE-Gallo VDE CD-1214. Performed by Sou Si-tai. Annotated by Georges Goormaghtigh. 24 pp. of notes in French and English. English translation by Isabelle Schulte-Tenckhoff. 4 b/w photographs, 2 illustrations, 1 musical notation. 1 compact disc, 10 tracks (60:50).

Arguably the most revered of Chinese musical instruments, the qin-alternatively spelled as ch'in, a millennium-old seven-string zither-has long been a privileged art of the literate class, symbolizing the most refined and cultivated façade of traditional Chinese culture. This long-awaited album of Hong Kong performer Sou Sitai (b. 1949), a versatile artist also in Chinese calligraphy and painting, manifests such aesthetic qualities and imaginaires to the fullest extent. The ten programmatically titled pieces represent a faithful selection of the most favourite tunes in the qin repertoire. A disciple of Madame Tsar Teh-yun (1905-2007) who had taught qin music in Hong Kong for more than half a century, Sou inherited a performing style that is introspective and elegant, characterized by carefully controlled nuances and crystal-clear articulations. …

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