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81. Absolute Repose
- zhi mode:2 standard tuning 5 6 1 2 3 5 6 played as 1 2 4 5 6 1 2
靜極吟 1
Jing Ji Yin

Jing Ji Yin survives only here and in Buxuxian Qinpu (1556), where it also precedes a standard tuning version of Yu Ge. Neither version has a separate preface and further commentary is not yet ready.2

However, whereas the ruibin tuning Yu Ge once did have a common prelude, this was not the case with the standard tuning Yu Ge. Thus in several other handbooks such as Taiyin Chuanxi the short melody used before its Yu Ge is a version of Dongting Qiu Si called Xiang Jiang Yin.3

 
Original Preface

 
Music (4 sections)

 

 
Footnotes (Shorthand references are explained on a separate page)

1. Jing Ji Yin 靜極吟
43533.217 only jingji. No connection to 靜觀吟 Jing Guan Yin
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2. Standard tuning can also be considered as 5 6 1 2 3 5 6 . For more information about 徵調 zhi mode see Shenpin Zhi Yi. For modes in general see Modality in Early Ming Qin Tablature. (Return)

3. Dongting Qiu Si as prelude
Elsewhere Dongting Qiu Si is used as a prelude not to Yu Ge but to Zui Yu Chang Wan, a melody associated with the region around Lake Taihu. The most famous Dongting is the lake into which the Xiangjiang flows. However, Taihu also has a Dongting island (with cave of same name). This relationship between Dongting Qiu Si and Xiang Jiang Yin is thus particularly interesting (see further comment under Dongting Qiu Si
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