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20/08 - 10/09


从琴室到音乐厅— 文人琴与学院琴的传授 From Private Qin Studio to the Concert Stage — Literati versus Conservatory Transmission

Guqin Association of Singapore

28.8.2023 (Mon), 3.30pm | Free Admission 免费入场
China Cultural Centre Theatre 中国文化中心剧场

Transmission of the qin was mentioned as early as in the Western Han dynasty (202 BCE - 8 CE). Without transmission, any form of art will decline.


This paper will discuss today’s two kinds of qin transmission:

  1. Literati transmission

  2. Conservatory transmission


Both forms of transmission share the following :

  • Oral and tablature transmission

  • Oral versus hand-finger transmission -- learning by close imitation]

  • Oral and heart-mind transmission


However, literati transmission emphasizes on two additional ways:

  • Unison playing, duitang

  • Moral transmission

2.《从琴室到音乐厅— 文人琴与学院琴的传授》古琴协会_主讲人Speaker_叶明媚Yip Mingmei.jpg

叶明媚 Yip Mingmei


Mingmei Yip received her PhD in musicology from the University of Paris (Sorbonne) on a scholarship from the French Government. A master performer on the qin, she has given lectures and recitals at venues such as Columbia University, Oxford University, Beijing University, the University of Paris, Amsterdam University, Oberlin Conservatory, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the China Institute in New York.


Mingmei is also a writer, her literary career began at fourteen when her essay about art was published in a literary magazine. She has published fourteen books, with two on the qin. Her latest being her 7th novel The Witch’s Market (Kensington Books) which received a glowing review from the ew York Times and her 2nd children’s book Grandma Panda’s China Storybook (Tuttle Publishing, 2014) which she both wrote and illustrated. She wrote columns for seven major newspapers and has appeared on over 40 TV and radio programs in Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, and the United States. Her poems were published and performed in Hong Kong, Taiwan and the U.S.


Mingmei is also accomplished as a painter and calligrapher. A one-person show of her paintings of Guan Yin (the Chinese Goddess of Compassion) and calligraphy was held at the New York Open Center Gallery in SoHo in 2002. This exhibit was the subject of a full hour special program on CHN cable in New Jersey


Mingmei was a professor of music in Hong Kong, and in 2005, an International Institute of Asian Studies fellow in Holland. She has taught qin playing and calligraphy at two major Hong Kong Universities.

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