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The themes on this page are mostly, though not exclusively, more for discussion and/or analysis than for performance. Thus, a theme such as the qin in Vietnam is worth studying, but as yet I don't know how one would do a performance on this theme. The melodies listed are mainly those with the theme in their titles. Some of the themes could be expanded by adding titles that mention the topic in prefaces or section titles.
See in separate entry: non-flying animals are mostly noticeable for their absence compared to birds (even the dragon can fly)
See separate entry: much more numerous than animals, especially considering dragons can fly.
A whole program could be devoted to this legendary qin, his friend Zhong Ziqi, and his teacher, Cheng Lian
See details under Bo Ya
These melodies are all connected to idealized notions of fishing and woodsmenship (or fuel-gathering)
Materials in preparation
Materials in preparation
Only a few melodies focus on morning (compare "evening"), but many others mention it
The early morning flight reminds a woodcutter he has no partner
A famous morning departure from Weicheng
A Daoist morning lesson
Commentary on or subtitles to qin melodies sometimes mention flowers and trees, with the specific flower most commonly mentioned in titles being the orchid, discussed in a separate entry. There are also several concerning plum blossoms (including one of the most popular of all qin melodies) and plum trees (of which I have learned one), several about pine trees (or wind in the pines), and at least one about peonies (a song that I have worked on, but have not as yet been able to make into a melody I consider interesting). Entries include:
Travel in literati culture can be both real and imagined; it can also concern specific places.
Cai Wenji abducted and taken to Central Asia
Lyrics are Tao Yuanming's rhapsody about returning home
Lyrics are Wang Wei's famous poem on a morning departure from Weicheng
A Wuling fisherman travels to a hidden mountain utopia
The Wuling Mountain scholar portrays Liu Chen and Ruan Zhao visiting a utopia at Tiantai
An idyllic life wandering in the mountains
An idyllic life wandering along rivers
A wandering Qu Yuan seeks an honest man
Geese headed south in autumn suggest exile
Wangzi Qiao rides a crane
The Yellow Emperor flies to a Daoist utopia
The philosopher Liezi can travel at will
A Daoist journey into the limitless heavens
Daoist response to Qu Yuan's Li Sao
A Daoist trip to space; or Tang Minghuang dreams of visiting Yang Guifei on the moon
A famous general held captive in Central Asia
A famous ambassador sent to Central Asia, then held there
Although there is evidence for the qin having been played at various times in Vietnam, there is very little information about this. Most of the detail on this comes from an article by Mitchell Clark, summarized separately.
牡丹賦 Mudan Fu (Rhapsody on Peonies; 1 section)
Commentary moved to a footnote under Qin Melodies connected to Nanjing.
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