Xilutang Qintong Vols. 6-8 subject of 2013 National Dapu Conference

WANG Zhi’s Xilutang Qintong, first published in Ming Jiajing Year 28 (1549). Originally 25 folios.

Source: http://www.chineseguqin.org/news_read.php?no=2513
New Source: http://www.chinaguqin.org/qjzx/ShowArticle.asp?ArticleID=1241

Translator’s Note: Xilutang Qintong is one of the most comprehensive and ambitious project and achievement in premodern qin music publication history. Containing 170 pieces including 19 with lyrics, it is by far the largest single manuscript collection of existant qin music to date. Tianwenge Qinpu in 1876 comes in second, with 145 melodies.

What makes this book especially precious, asides from the surviving original being a handcopied version stored by Li Yunzhong of Tianjin with Folio 5 (including fingering index and L/R hand explanations) now lost, is the 75 unique or sole surviving versions of melodies not found in any other manuscript. Of the 29 modal themes in 14 different tunings, half of the tunings are unique to the melodies in this book. In summary, there is no overstatement to the musicological and historical importance of this collection, which the author has spent the majority of his life scouring the Ming landscape in search and editing for this compendium.

The contents regarding the upcoming dapu conference can be found in Qinqu Jicheng (QQJC) 2nd ed., Vol. 3, pp. 60-90. On the commonly-shared PDF file, they are on pp.72-102.


In light of the recently concluded Dapu conference for the Ming manuscript Songxianguan Qinpu, a compendium will be published by the Shanghai Music Publishing House for the results. Now, we are making a call-out to qin players everywhere for submissions of superb dapu works. The event’s details are as follows:

  1. The contents of this conference is confirmed as the 24 melodies as contained in Folios VI, VII, and VIII of Xilutang Qintong. All qin people in and outside China are welcome to participate. All dapu’ers must abide by the original writings and reject brash alteration of the score. If there are obvious mistakes in the original, any changes must be footnoted and annotated. Dapu’ers can choose one to three pieces to be submitted to the office. The deadline is on December 31, 2012. Manuscripts sent will not be returned, hence please keep your own copy.
  2. Outstanding dapu works will be compiled into publication at the end of this conference, with copyright belonging to the Zhongguo Minzuyue Xuehui (Chinese Ethnic Musicology Association) Guqin Studies Committee. In order to keep the original form and accuracy of the submissions, our dapu compilation will take shape in photocopies of the original submissions. Please use manuscript paper as assigned by our association, and print neatly in uniform characters. Sample and blank scoresheets are attached with this notice, or can be downloaded at http://www.chineseguqin.org.
  3. Dapu submissions must also include an audio draft recording on CD. After the submissions period, one to three outstanding dapu works will be recorded in a unified setting.
  4. Should the Dapu’er need to write afterwords or endnotes, please email them to guqinyishu@126.com.
  5. On-site performances of the dapu’d works will be organized during the conference. We are also accepting academic papers on the Xilutang Qintong manuscript, and will be discussing it during the course of the conference.
  6. Finalists in the dapu selection will be invited to attend the conference, with travel and accomodation fees paid for in full by the association.

Mail address (Chinese):  北京安外安贞桥东胜古家园3号楼D座1506 白云龙 收 邮编100029
Mail address (English): Bai Yunlong,
Apt. 1506, Bldg D, Shenggu Jiayuan
3 Anzhengqiao Dong, Anwai
Beijing, CHINA.
PO 100029

By express post or delivery only.

Tel:010-64415082 13391838383 张子盛 (Zhang Zisheng)

中 国 古 琴 学 会 办 公 室 (Office of the Chinese Guqin Association)
2011年9月9日 (September 9, 2011)

Appendix: Titles to be dapu’d (with links to silkqin.com for reference):

Folio 6:

  • 《調絃品》 Tiaoxian Pin (2 [#s not written]; String tuning piece); only here, though similar to Yisa Jinof 1539 (III/60)
  • 《宮意》 Gong Yi (1; Meaning of Gong); compare 1425(III/60)
  • 《修禊吟》 Xiuxi Yin(3; Cleansing Ceremony Intonation; occurs 3/3); prelude to #4, but see #12; 1st of nine (III/61)
  • 《陽春》 Yang Chun (10T; Sunny Spring); seems unrelated to 1425; 35 of this version from 1539(which has lyrics) (III/61)
  • 《康衢謠》 Kangqu Yao (7 [6L, Ballad of the Highroad, from Liezi, end of Chapter 4 {Confucius}]); only here (III/63)
    Along the road Yaohears a boy sing, “You raised us up….(立我蒸民,莫匪爾極。不識不知,順帝之則。)”
  • 《沖和吟》 Chonghe Yin (3; Intonation on Balanced Vital Force); prelude to #7 (III/64)
    Guide 18/179/–: 1st of 10 (but see 1589; 沖和 17565.22)
  • 谷口引 Gukou Yin (13T; 谷口引 Gukou Prelude); concerns the recluse 鄭樸 Zheng Pu; 1st of 5; III/65)
  • 《圯橋進履》 Yiqiao Jin Lü (7T; Going for Shoes under the Bridge); 2nd of 34 from 1539, which has lyrics (III/67)
  • 《梅花三弄》 Meihua Sannong (10T; Three Repetitions of Plum Blossom); about 50 pu from 1425(III/69)

Folio 7:


  • 《達觀吟》 Daguan Yin (3; Intonation about Being Free of Worldly Emotions); prelude to #11; only here(III/71)
  • 《廣寒遊》 Guanghan You (11T; Wandering in a Lunar Palace); in 16 pu from 1425(III/71)
  • 《流觴》 Liu Shang (8; Floating Goblets, a ceremony during xiuxi [see #3]); like Jiu Kuang, but extra at end (III/73)
  • 《高山》 Gao Shan (6T; High Mountains); in 42 pu from 1425(III/74)
  • 《流水》 Liu Shui (10T; Flowing Streams); in 37 pu from 1425(III/76)
  • 《幽蘭》 You Lan(10; Secluded Orchid); Confucius compares himself to it; 1st of eight (III/77)

Folio 8:

  • 《商意》 Shang Yi #1 (1; Meaning of Shang); “taigu” (most ancient); see 1425(III/80)
  • 《天風環佩》 Tianfeng Huanpei (3; Jade Pendants in a Heavenly Breeze); 3rd of 7 from 1425(III/80)
  • 《騎氣》 Qi Qi (9; Riding the Vapor); “also called Shen You Liuhe” (Spirit Roaming the Universe); 4th of 5 from 1425(III/80)
  • 《白雪》 Bai Xue (9; White Snow); 6th of 35 from 1425(III/82)
  • 《飛電吟》 Fei Dian Yin (3; Intonation of the Lightning Flashes); prelude to #21; only here(III/84)
  • 《風雷》 Feng Lei (8T; Wind and Thunder); 42 pu from 1539(III/84)
  • 《隱德》 Yin De (3; Hidden Virtue); 3rd of 34 from 1425(III/85)
  • 《春江》 Chun Jiang (10; Spring River); only here; unrelated to the 7 Chunjiang Qu first found in 1511 (III/86)
    Minister Fan Liof Yue retires
  • 《鶴鳴九皋》 He Ming Jiugao (9T; Cranes Cry in the Nine Marshpools); 6th of 9 from 1425 (III/88)

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