Author

Xin Yue Li

Date of Graduation

Spring 2017

Degree

Master of Music

Department

Music

Committee Chair

John Prescott

Keywords

guzheng, tuning, China, music, instruments

Subject Categories

Music

Abstract

The guzheng is a musical instrument that has existed for about 2500 years, since the period between 770 and 476 BCE. The tuning of the guzheng is the foundation that influences how its music performed. It plays a decisive role not only in musical creation, but also in musical skills and applications. It also affects the sustainability of the guzheng's art. By analyzing the traditions and the developments of the tuning of the guzheng, this thesis will inform the reader about how the various tunings of the guzheng have influenced its development. In addition, this thesis will deeply explore the causes that made the guzheng develop and spread from generation to generation, and search for the reasons for its continuing influence on Chinese culture.

Copyright

© Xinyue Li

Open Access

Included in

Music Commons

Share

COinS