History Of The Piano

Tracing the roots of the piano to the very beginning of consciousness, when man first became aware of sound.

C. 3rd Millennium BCE, Harp
C. 2500 BCE, Lyre

C. 2650 BCE, Guqin

Guqin, an early Chinese stringed instrument.
Guqin Lingfeng Shenyun. 1

The ‘qin,’ and 'se,' were stringed instruments created by Fu Xi, known in Chinese mythology as the first of the ancient sages. Modern instruments have seven strings and a range of four octaves. Literature concerning the lore, its theory, and general literature dates back nearly 3,000 years.

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Guqin Performance 'Lament of Departure,' played by Yuan Jung-Ping. 2
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Flowing Waters, performed by guqin master Pui-Yuen Lui. 3

Page Sources

CharlieHuang.  "A Picture of a Guqin Lingfeng Shenyun in the Zhongni Form."  Photograph.  Commons Wikimedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 19 May 2006.  Web.  14 Sept. 2015.  GFDL, and CC BY-SA 3.0.
henryshoots.  "‪Guqin 古琴 Yuan Jung-Ping Lament of Departure on Guqin, 長亭怨慢 袁中平演奏."  Online Video Clip.  YouTube.  YouTube, 19 Feb. 2010.  Web.  16 Oct. 2015.  Standard YouTube License.
luna788.  "'古琴演奏家呂培原"流水' Guqin Master Pui-Yuen Lui ‘Flowing Waters."  Online Video Clip.  YouTube.  YouTube, 7 May 2009.  Web.  16 Oct. 2015.  Standard YouTube License.
Additional References:
  • Lewis, Mark Edwards.  Writing and Authority in Early China.  New York: SUNY Press, 1999.  Google Books.  Web.  14 Sept. 2015.
  • “Guqin.”  New World Encyclopedia.  New World Encyclopedia, 30 Jan 2014.  Web.  14 Sept. 2015.
  • “SE.”  Cultural China.  Shanghai News, Press Bureau and Shanghai Xinhong Cultural Development Co., Ltd., n.d.  Web.  14 Sept. 2015.
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