Music in the Age of Confucius
- List Price: $40.00
- Binding: Paperback
- Publisher: Univ of Washington Pr
- Publish date: 04/01/2000
- ISBN: 9780295979533
- ISBN10: 0295979534
Presented here are the insights of six specialists who describe these instruments' sophisticated tuning systems, techniques of manufacture, and inscriptions revealing their musical and non-musical significance in ancient Chinese society. It has become apparent that different types of music coexisted in Bronze Age China (2000-500 B.C.) for state rituals as well as for private entertainment. The authors place this evidence in the context of recent archaeological discoveries and reassess it in light of classical history and the literature on Chinese music. The three main families of instruments are also examined in detail in individual chapters.
Lovers of art and music, as well as enthusiasts of archaeology, musicology, and cultural history, will find this a compelling and readable presentation of the latest research and ideas on one of the world's oldest and most profound artistic expressions.