The instrument Qin (chin. 古琴, gǔqín, W.-G. ku-ch’in) is the classical Chinese fingerboard zither.
The 7-string Qin has a history of over 3000 years. It has had a special position in Chinese cultural history since the earliest times: no other instrument has had so much music written down and handed down so early, no other instrument has had so much written about it. The Qin was never used in ensembles and remained a solo instrument for thousands of years. The Qin was an instrument of the scholars, the painters and poets, the philosophers and rulers. Confucius was considered a skilled Qin player and composer, and even today it is still considered an instrument of intellectuals. The delicacy of her tone is difficult to assert, let alone make a restless crowd listen. Therefore, the Qin is not so much aimed at external effects, but rather for private meditation and concentration.
The art of Qin music has been included by UNESCO among the masterpieces of the oral and immaterial heritage of mankind.
Picture: Guqin player in the Tang Dynasty (618-907)