August 23, 2007

Qin

While in Sweden I went to a few concerts, including one where two young Chinese women played “qin” (a seven-stringed zither, this particular one some 700 years old), “xiao” (end-blown flute) and “xun” (ocarina).




I would be pleased to know if some of you reading this may have any good knowledge, especially, of the “qin”, a very traditional instrument played since some two (or more) thousand years. For me, this was definitely the first time I went to a concert of this kind of music, but it was quite fascinating as the music and the instrument(s) were explained by a Swedish professor, specialised in Chinese language and culture. I could not avoid going shopping for a CD with “qin” music.

7 comments:

Neva said...

Lovely outfits! I don't know anything about this instrument but it looks interesting.

krystyna said...

I can imagine that it was fascinating concert!
Thanks for this post and beautiful photos!

Shionge said...

This is fascinating Peter and bet you know that it is very soothing too :)

Cergie said...

Toi qui aime la musique, la musique celtique notamment aux sons si particuliers, tu devrais te plonger dans des recherches : il y a un bagad à clichy et la communauté bretonne est très active à Paris, spéciallement ds le 14ème

Il va y avoir une grande parade sur les champs en Septembre...

La musique asiatique c'est très particulier aussi. J'en ai été bercée. Très lancinant

lyliane said...

C'était sûrement très beau ce concert et de plus les demoiselles sont très belles, avec des robes aux magnifiques couleurs, en soie je pense?

Ming_the_Merciless said...

"Qin" music is very common in Chinese movies. I remember listening to a lot of them as a kid mainly because my mom loves it too.

black feline said...

the music is very haunting and melancholic rite?