Qin concert

 

It is my pleasure to share you one of my recent activities at Yale. This coming Tuesday, I am going to play a Qin (sort of 7-stringed zither) along with two other performers at Luce Hall. This is an event featuring Chinese Spring Festival hold by Yale Chinese Debate Team.

The music of Qin is very distinct from the music of Pei-king Opera, though they are all from China. It is monophonic and arhythmic. The repertories are tightly correlating with the poetry. If you think opera is a popular music, Qin music would be more like a genre practiced by scholar-artists. Though it was not widely known, I was surprised to find that it is now part of the world music curriculum at UCSD.

It is also an antique music. For instance, the two pieces, which I am going to play, are first dated around 1491 and 1660. The taste of Qin
music is quite plain, but the performing practice requires very subtle fingerings and intonations. On the other hand, even if you do not
understand the grammar of the music, it is perceivable that every single sound is as a self-contained event, instead of leaning upon the
pitched network.

Please stop by and enjoy the music with me. See you at 4:00pm Tuesday Luce Hall!

The Council of East Asian Studies  http://research.yale.edu/eastasianstudies/
What is Qin? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guqin

 

Tuesday, February 12, 2008       4:00 PM
CEAS SPRING FESTIVAL CONCERT AND RECEPTION
Auditorium and Common Room, Henry R. Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue 

COME CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF THE RAT AND ENJOY WONDERFUL MUSIC AND FOOD!

Please RSVP to eastasian.studies@yale.edu by Tuesday, February 5, 2008.

The Council on East Asian Studies at Yale
University
cordially invites you to attend our 2008 Spring Festival Celebration.

At 4:00 PM in the Luce Auditorium, we will be hosting a very special
Chinese Zither (Guqin) Music Performance featuring Yale students and Ms. Shin-Yi Yang, founder of the Boston Guzheng Ensemble. Come meet members of the championship Yale Chinese Debate Team and hear festive traditional Chinese music.

The concert will be followed by a RECEPTION in the 2nd Floor Common Room, Henry R. Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue.

 

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