number of guqin-related events are planned for 2003 in various parts
of the world. In addition, new recordings have been made that involve
the guqin, and extended ranges of guqins,
books, recordings etc. are becoming widely available.
First of all Wang Fei’s performance of the
guqin piece “Flowing Water” is on the “Music of the World" Audio
CD Program for American 6-12 graders, published in 2003 by American
Harcourt Education Company HRW (Holt, Rinehart and Winston), ISBN:
0-03-0654416-6. This program introduces world music. The audio CD
has 24 tracks, each containing music from a different country. "Flowing
Water" represents the music of China. It is accompanied by a Teacher's Guide
which provides written notes on the music and culture and review questions.
It can be found on HRW's online catalog
under the Geography category at http://www.hrw.com.
We are heartened to see that many more new models of guqin are
available from a number of makers from various schools and regions
than was the case a few years ago. Many fine quality new guqins are being produced. Many guqin
players have started to use newly made instruments instead of the
antique ones they used before for guqin
recordings, yajis and concerts. During our online guqin concerts last year at http://www.unn.com.cn/guqin/home.htm,
Li Xiangting, Wu Zhao, Chen Changlin
and others all used new instruments made by various
Many guqin new CDs, books and videos have
been published in recent years, and many out of print guqin
CDs, books and videos have been reprinted. They are available both
in China and overseas. The print quality and
binding are much better than in the original editions.
NAGA advisers will take part in the following international guqin
events in this summer and fall:
-- Professor Li Xiangting is to give two
guqin concerts at the Edinburgh International Festival, an
internationally known music festival. For this year's China program, the president of the festival
went to China to select the program. At first,
he seemed unable to find what he needed to represent the music of
China among the official candidates submitted
by the China Culture Department, and he almost gave up. Finally he
heard Professor Li's guqin radio program by chance, and felt he had
at last found what he was looking for.
Prof. Li's guqin concerts will be the only China program in this year's festival.
Sunday, August 10th 2003 10:00am – 4:00pm, as part of "Connecting
Cultures Study Day" - a series of lectures with interactive musical
activities on the traditional music of China, Japan, Korea and India.
Monday August 11th 2003, as part of the "Connecting Cultures" concert series.
Contact: Edinburgh International Festival, The Hub, Castlehill,
Tel: +44 131 473 2001
Web site: http://www.eif.co.uk
-- A series of guqin concerts is to be held in Hong Kong
by Hugo Productions this summer and fall. Performers include our advisers
Li Xiangting, Wu Zhao and Chen Changlin
as well as ZengChengwei
and Li Fengyun. For details please see http://www.hugocd.com/hugo/showit.asp?topicID=2048&subject=express Theguqin CDs Hugo
have recorded of these masters are well known both within China and overseas.
-- Guqin master Gong Yi of Shanghai and
London based guqin player Cheng Yu of SOAS will
give a three day series of workshops on guqin music at SOAS, University of London,
Guqin players of all levels of ability are welcome. There will be
an opportunity for participants to perform their music on the final
July 14th, 15th & 16th 2003
Department of Music, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh
St., Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Contact: +44 20 7898 4680 (SOAS), firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 20 874 2
9911 (Asian Music Circuit)
We hope we can enhance your enjoyment of the beauty of guqin music.