Beats of History

The most precise timepiece in the universe

While the rest of us focus on the two Chinese astronauts in space lab Tiangong-2 returning to the earth, scientist Liu Liang is watching the time....

November 19, 2016, Saturday

Enchanting symphony of plum blossom

PLUM flowers which blossom in freezing winter with a special fragrance have a unique place in the hearts of Chinese writers, poets, musicians and artists.  “Three Stanzas of Plum-blossoms” (Meihua San ...

October 14, 2016, Friday

Flute melody evokes longing for freedom

THE bamboo flute, which has always been one of the most essential musical instruments, is widely used in solo and orchestra performances. Flute is called dizi in Chinese. The first known flute appeared ...

July 22, 2016, Friday

Literature filled with ‘saintly’ fishermen tales

ANCIENT Chinese literature often portrayed fishermen as wise men living in seclusion. Take, for example, “Dialogue Between Fisherman and Woodcutter.” It is narrated in the musical qin ge (an art form ...

June 3, 2016, Friday

Lady’s musical story of misery after capture

QIN ge, literally instrument play and sing, is an art form in which musicians sing while playing the guqin. It has been an important presentation form for guqin art since its beginnings, and there is ...

May 13, 2016, Friday

The creation of masterpiece ‘Pingsha Luoyan’

“PINGSHA Luoyan” (《平沙落雁》) or “Wild Geese Descending on the Sandbank,” is one of the most popular guqin (an ancient seven-stringed Chinese instrument) pieces. With its description of emotions stirred by ...

April 22, 2016, Friday

Guqin tunes for a famed assassin

“GUANGLING San” (《广陵散》), widely considered one of the most important guqin pieces in Chinese music history, is closely related to two historical figures of great bravery — the assassin Nie Zheng in the ...

April 8, 2016, Friday

A woodcutter's understanding

AS an old saying goes, the seat of a gentleman is always accompanied by books on the right and a guqin on the left. Guqin, a seven-string instrument, enjoyed great popularity among ancient scholars in ...

March 25, 2016, Friday

Tweeting birds and dancing dragons in New Year’s music

JUST as the “Blue Danube Waltz” by Johann Strauss salutes the New Year on January 1 in concerts in the West, China has a number of pieces that have become musical staples for Chinese New Year celebrations. ...

March 4, 2016, Friday


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