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Art Illustrating Guqin Melodies
An illustration for Guanghan You
(Wandering in a Lunar Palace)
廣寒遊圖
白雲立
 
Painting by Bai Yunli A dream of playing the drum for Yang Guifei (1.6MB)            

Listen to the recording from my SQMP CD

Zhu Quan, the compiler of Shen Qi Mi Pu, introduced Guanghan You with a preface that gave the melody a general Daoist theme: spirit wandering. However, several later handbooks connected it with a story of Tang emperor Ming Huang emperor making such a spirit journey to the moon. In the popular version of this he sees once again his beloved Yang Guifei doing the Rainbow Garment Dance.

A closeup of the musicians: