The Vivacious Vessel of Harmony
GuQin is among the few most distinctive and representative classical
Chinese instruments ever. The written record of it can be traced back to
at least 3,000 years ago.
It's a zither similar to GuZheng, but since GuQin does not have bridges,
it is far more versatile in terms of tones and playing techniques, it is
also much harder to master.
GuQin has a special place in the Chinese history as a symbol of the
high-culture of the nobles and intellectuals (Junzi, Superior Man). It's
also seen as the vessel for pursuing harmony. Even Confucius played and
taught GuQin. During the last two tumultuous centuries of China, however,
GuQin's tradition was almost extinct. Nowadays the Chinese have resumed
the tradition and are trying to revitalize it.
GuQin is usually accompanied with a lower-pitched flute. ChineeNanxiao,
or some other xiao in ChineeWinds are good choices of companion. The
style is usually more personal and inward.
In 2003 , GuQin music is recognized as Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
With true knowledge of the Chinese instrument, Kong Audio planned GuQin
from the ground up. By intertwining the detailed sampling and the
tailored Intelligent Legato mode, GuQin is brought back to life in its
authenticity. As can be heard from the audio demo (which is made with ONE
SINGLE track of ChineeGuQin, without even using pitch-bending at all),
ChineeGuQin captures not only the sound, but also the "silence"
(string-sliding), and this .gsilence.h is essential to GuQin music.
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