Music at China Institute 华美音乐: Guqin for Adults古琴
Where: China Institute
100 Washington St.
212-744-8181 Price: Tuition: $720 Non-Refundable Registration Fee: $30
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The guqin, regarded by Chinese as the most elegant of all their musical instruments, produces delicate music from seven strings. With a 3,000 year history, the guqin has deep roots in Chinese culture, long being associated with Confucius, self-cultivation, scholarship, philosophy, and poetry. Favored by the elite as an elegant pastime, the qin was also played as a means to attain calm, nurture virtue, and promote longevity. The subtle tones of the qin are realized by sophisticated and elegant methods of fingering. While playing, interaction of the two hands creates a harmonious choreography, a visual pleasure like a ballet of the fingers.
Recently the qin has attained renewed popularity because of its charismatic playing at the opening of the Beijing Olympics and recognition by the United Nations as part of humanity’s intangible cultural heritage. It is featured in the renowned director Zhang Yimou’s film Shadow, as well as the theme music of several popular TV series. In addition to fingering technique and reading notation, the aesthetic and cultural aspects of the guqin will be taught. No musical experience is needed. Instruments are provided for in-class instruction.
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Sundays, September 15 – November 3
8 Sessions (16 hours)
Guqin Beginner: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Guqin High Beginner-Intermediate: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Non-Refundable Registration Fee: $30
Maximum Number of Students: 6
This course is designed for adults who have not studied the qin before. The classes will explain qin tablature (notation), basic fingerings and the three tone colors: open strings, pressed tones, and harmonics. Following introduction of these fundamentals, students will practice some simple exercises, then learn three short pieces: Laughter above the Turquoise Sea, Immortals’ Chant, and Autumn Wind. Aesthetics of the qin and its cultural aspects will be presented.