A few weeks ago, friend, fellow author and fellow blogger Cedar Sanderson sent me a link to the video clip below. It features the guqin, an ancient Chinese zither-like instrument that defies precise comparison with Western instruments. It’s a lovely piece.
The guqin is a plucked seven-string Chinese musical instrument of the zither family. It has been played since ancient times, and has traditionally been favoured by scholars and literati as an instrument of great subtlety and refinement, as highlighted by the quote “a gentleman does not part with his qin or se without good reason,” as well as being associated with the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius. It is sometimes referred to by the Chinese as “the father of Chinese music” or “the instrument of the sages”.
Intrigued, I looked for more information about the video clip above. It’s from the Zi de Guqin Studio, which offers more videos on their YouTube channel. Unfortunately they don’t have an English-language Web site, but they do have social media posts on Chinese web sites, which you’ll find linked beneath some of their videos on YouTube.
Here’s another video from the studio’s channel, giving a broader perspective on their work.
Finally, just for fun, here’s a short video from the studio, coupling a theme song with a few cats for good measure!
It looks like Chinese kittens are just as rambunctious as their Western counterparts . . .