Die vornehme Dame Kuo-kuo und ihre Schwestern reiten aus, Li Gonglin (1049-1106)

Beauties on an Outing, Li Gonglin (1049-1106)

丽人行, 北宋李公麟 (1049-1106)

Weintöpfe in Shaoxing in der Provinz Zhejiang, darin fermentiert «Shaoxing-Reiswein»

Wine pots with Shaoxing wine in Shaoxing, Province Zhejiang

浙江绍兴装绍兴酒的酒坛

Huangshan, den Gelben Bergen, aufgenommen, Provinz Anhui

Huangshan, the Yellow Mountain in Province Anhui

安徽省境内的黄山

Dorf Zhuge in der Provinz Zhejiang

Zhuge Village in Province Zhejiang

浙江省境内的诸葛村

Jiayuguan, ein altes Festung im Westen der Provinz Gansu

Jiayuguan, an old fort in the west of Gansu Province

甘肃省境内的嘉峪关,

Chinesische Mauer etwa 150 km von Beijing entfernt

Great Wall,located about 150 kilometers from Beijing

距离北京大约150公里的长城

Classical Chinese Music – Guqin Lessons (FS17)

Category: Culture Courses


Classical Chinese Music 
Guqin Lessons
Qin Streller-Shen


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The instrument Guqin

Guqin is the modern name for a plucked seven-string Chinese musical instrument of the zither family. It has been played since ancient times, and has traditionally been favored by scholars and literati as an instrument of great subtlety and refinement, as highlighted by the quote “a gentleman does not part with his qin or se without good reason,” as well as being associated with the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius. The qin is a very quiet instrument, it has a history of at least 3,000 years. In 1977, a recording of “Flowing Water” was chosen to be included in the Voyager Golden Record, a gold-plated LP recording containing music from around the world, which was sent into outer space by NASA on the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecrafts. The reason to select a work played on this specific instrument is because the tonal structure of the instrument, its musical scale is derived from fundamental physical laws related to vibration and overtones, representing the intellectual capacity of human beings on this subject. In 2003, guqin music was proclaimed as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

The course leader

Qin Streller-Shen (沈沁), lives between the eastern and the western cultures and lives in Switzerland since 1999.

She was born in a music family, start playing piano with Prof. Yefei when she was 6 years old. From 1991 to 1999, she studied western and Chinese music at China Conservatory of Music (中国音乐学院) in Beijing/ China. There she learnt Qin and Zheng with Chinese masters Prof. Wu Wenguang and Prof. Qiu Dacheng and has played very often at the traditional “Qin Meeting”.

Besides playing and teaching music instruments, she has also Bachelor’s degree in Musicology (with Prof. Shen Qia) and Solfeggio( with Prof. Sun Hong), and Master’s degree in Ethnomusicology (With Prof. Shen Qia). In this part of the study, she opened her mind and made her own research experience of the colourful world music besides the “east ” and the “west”.

More information please see www.qinqin.ch

The Guqin lessons

The Guqin lessons will be given individually for 4 times. We learn play Guqin with and without notations. Beginners and advanced players are all welcome. The course leader will try to teach according to personal strength and wishes.

Time Once per month, on Sundays, hours could be decided individually
Place CIUB, Steinengraben 22, 4051 Basel
Fee 500 sfr pro person for 5 lessons, each lesson 50 Min.
Instrument will be provided during the lessons
Participants Individual lessons, only start if there are at least 4 participants
Language German, Chinese, English

 

Course dates Course time Course place
SU. 2017/02/19 Time: 10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00 Confucius Institute at the University of Basel
SU. 2017/03/19 Time: 10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00 Confucius Institute at the University of Basel
SU. 2017/04/30 Time: 10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00 Confucius Institute at the University of Basel
SU. 2017/05/21 Time: 10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00 Confucius Institute at the University of Basel
SU. 2017/06/25 Time: 10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00 Confucius Institute at the University of Basel
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