Qinpu (Chinese: 「琴譜」) are tablature score collections for the
Chinese musical instrument, the guqin.
1 What are qinpu?
1.1 Different types of qinpu
2 See also
What are qinpu?
Qinpu are collections of tablatures of music for the guqin. In the
past, music was passed on from teacher to student. Only recently has
tablature been written down, often to preserve music or as a reference
Tablature comes in form of individual and collections.
Collections often have additional material attached to them, like
explanation of fingering, qin lore, music theory, etc.
Different types of qinpu
There are several different types of qinpu one can obtain: original
editions, photographic reprint, lithographic facsimiles and modern
Original editions are qinpu printed at the original time of
publication, or re-issues during the past. These are mostly kept in
libraries and private collections. Since they are original, they tend
to be fragile.
Photographic reprints is basically a scan of the original qinpu and
reduced size reprint in modern binding. The most famous is the Qinqu
Lithographic facsimiles are becoming more popular. The original qinpu
is scanned, then it is lithographically printed on xuan paper. They
are bound in traditional Chinese book binding method.
Modern reset editions appeared after 2005. These have modern
typographic elements and are often reset using more recent editions or
handcopies of original qinpu.
Please see: References section in the guqin article for a full list of
references used in all qin related articles.
Zha, Fuxi (1958). Cunjian
Guqin Qupu Jilan
【存見古琴曲譜輯覽】. Beijing: The People's Music Press.
Christopher Evan's site Zha Fuxi's list of tablature collections in
pinyin alphabetical order.
Guqin Handbooks A chronological list with more detailed
listing and links.
Jieshi Diao Youlan
Xiao Xiang Shuiyun
Jinyu Qin Society
London Youlan Qin Society
New York Qin Society
Emperor Song Huizong