Boya's Internal Method 伯牙心法 (exterior view)

In Combined Qin Tablatures 琴譜合璧
[Ming] Yang Lun [明]楊掄
[Ming]Wanli ji you [明]萬曆己酉
1609
Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Mus 549.9.9

Click for full-size imageThe qin notation in this book indicates finger positioning and stroke technique through symbols and abbreviated Chinese characters. Combined Qin Tablatures 琴譜合璧, an extremely rare Ming dynasty anthology with 19 extant copies, is a rich source of information about the philosophy of music. The open page shows “Flowing Water” 流水, from the second volume.

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