Meaning and structure ‐ the case of Chinese qin (zither) music

@article{Kouwenhoven2001MeaningAS,
  title={Meaning and structure ‐ the case of Chinese qin (zither) music},
  author={Frank M. Kouwenhoven},
  journal={British Journal of Ethnomusicology},
  year={2001},
  volume={10},
  pages={39 - 62}
}
  • F. Kouwenhoven
  • Published 1 January 2001
  • Art
  • British Journal of Ethnomusicology
In Chinese traditional culture, primary importance is attached to the programmatic and aesthetical purport of musical pieces. In practice, however, one is confronted with an abundance of different (often contrasting) musical meanings. This is true for contemporary Chinese compositions, but also for traditional repertoires such as folk songs and qin (zither) music. This article discusses some contrasting interpretative views in the realm of qin music, on the basis of statements made by qin… 
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