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Qinshu Daquan Table of Contents
Published in 1590 by Jiang Keqian 1
Opening (V/3-20)

蕭大亨 Xiao Daheng preface
蔣克謙 Jiang Kejian preface
Qinshu Daquan Table of contents

Folio 1   序琴 Introducing the Qin (V/20-29)

(16 essays from a variety of early sources)

Folio 2   聲律上 Qin Music Theory, Part 1 (V/29-64)

(25 entries; #16 [p. 37] is Chen Minzi, 琴律發微敘述 Description of Qinlü Fawei)

Folio 3   聲律下 Qin Music Theory, Part 2 (V/64-87)

(29 entries)

Folio 4   琴製 Qin Construction (V/87-104)

(50 entries)

Folio 5   琴式 Qin Shapes (V/104-130)

(125 entries; almost all the first 65 have illustrations;
includes 胡琴 huqin
2 and other "folk" instruments; some mention only the name)

Folio 6   琴徽 Qin Studs (V/130-143)

(11 entries on positioning and theory)

Folio 7   琴絃 Qin Strings (V/143-151)

(41 entries on background, tuning and manufacture; some is from Taiyin Daquanji, Folio 1B.)

Folio 8   指法 Fingering (V/151-179)

(13 entries collecting important old explanations of qin tablature;
#5: by 陳居士 Chen Jushi [
Chen Kangshi? 陳拙 Chen Zhuo is #12 below]
#6: by 楊祖雲 Yang Zuyun
#7: by 成玉磵 Cheng Yujian
#13: by 陳拙 Chen Zhuo; V/160-177!)

Folio 9   指法手勢圖 Illustrated Fingering (V/179-197)

(37 entries; includes finger names, putting on strings, symbolic representations)

Folio 10 彈琴 Playing the Qin (V/197-213)

(42 entries on different aspects of playing)
#27 (201-2) has
Qi Song, Xue Yijian, Liu Ji and Zhao Xikuang, Lun Tan Qin
#31 is Cheng Yujian's Qin Lun (see QSCB, 6.C.); (V/204-7)
#42 begins a section called 琴事 Qin Matters (V/208-210)
#43 is called 琴舞 Qin Wu (Qin and Dance; V/208)

Folio 11 曲調上 Melodies, Part 1 (V/213-249)

(87 entries; first 18 are general essays; #7 - #12 begin, "Qinlü Fawei says"
#19: 琴操 Qin Cao [V/223; not the famous one]
#21-87: titled melodies with explanations and lyrics from a variety of sources)

Folio 12 曲調下 Melodies, Part 2 (V/249-279)

(82 entries: titled melodies as in Folio 11)

Folio 13 曲調拾遺 Melody Addenda (V/279-297)

(The ToC at V/12 has 9 subtitles for this folio. However, there is no subtitle for the first half (V/277-285), which is 5 collections of lyrics for melodies; the 9 subtitles are for lists of melody titles. Many of the melodies were already discussed in Folios 11 and 12.)

Folio 14 歷代彈琴聖賢上 Virtuous Qin Players in History, Part 1 (V/297-323)
              - Folio 15 and 16 include 201 biographical entries. This includes
                all 146 from Qin Shi (mostly identical), 12 from Qin Shi Bu (not identical), and 42 furher.

(115 Biographical essays, 91 from Qin Shi, 8 from Qinshi Bu)

Folio 15 歷代彈琴聖賢下 Virtuous Qin Players in History, Part 2 (V/323-346)

(86 further biographical essays, 56 from Qin Shi [one is split in two], 4 from Qinshi Bu.
It ends with the categories Immortals, Daoists, Monks, and Ladies.)

Folio 16 記載 Written Records (V/346-374)

(66 literary records that mention the qin)

Folio 17 雜錄 Miscellaneous Accounts (V/374-388)

(58 entries/fables + a 琴諭 Qin Proclamation [?])

Folio 18 琴文 Qin Writings (V/388-418)

This section has 85 entries; it includes both prose and poetry:

01-28 Rhapsodies (賦 Fu)
29       Ode (頌 Song)
30-44 Praise (贊 Zan)
45-60 Inscriptions (銘 Ming)
61-65 Miscellaneous?
66-78 Prefaces (序 Xu)
79-81 Records (記 Ji)
82       Chronicle (志 Zhi)
83       Biography (傳 Zhuan)
84       Proclamation (諭 Yu)
85       Writings (書 Shu?)

Folio 19 詩上 Poems, Part 1 (V/418-444)

詠琴六十六首 66 Declamations on the Qin (I count only 64; V/418-424)
聽琴一百六十三 163 Poems about Listening to a Qin (V/424-443)

Folio 20 詩下 Poems, Part 2 (V/444-469)

彈琴七十九首 79 Poems about Playing a Qin
雜詠一百五十二首 152 Poems with Miscellaneous Narration
Two commentaries on the poems:
評古琴詩 Analysis of Old Qin poems (V/467)
評古今琴詩 Analysis of Qin Poems Old and New (V/468)

Folio 21 琴譜 Qin Tablature (V/469-504)

附言 Attached commentary by 蔣克謙 Jiang Keqian (V/467)
Melody List (for Folios 21 and 22)
35 melodies in gong, shang and zhi modes)

Folio 22 琴譜 Qin Tablature (V/504-533)

(27 melodies in other modes)

End (V/533-534)

趙鵬程跋 Afterword by Zhao Pengcheng

Footnotes (Shorthand references are explained on a
separate page)

1. Table of Contents
Further information in the Preface. (V/...) refers to page numbers in Vol. V of the 2010 edition of Qinqu Jicheng.

2.胡琴 Huqin Image of huqin (expand)    
The full page as laid out in QQJC V/123 (top half) actually shows two bowed lutes: 奚琴 xiqin as well as the huqin. The text (not yet fully translated) identifies both of them as nomad music instruments. Regarding the huqin, it says a woman in the court of 唐文宗 Tang emperor Wenzong (ruled 827-841) enjoyed playing it, and that it had two strings of horsehair plus a dragon head image on top.

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