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Music in the Age of Confucius Paperback – June 15, 2000

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Books (June 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0295979534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295979533
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.5 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,493,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jenny F. So is curator of ancient Chinese art at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. She is coauthor with Emma C. Bunker of Traders and Raiders on China's Northern Frontier.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. P. J. Stock on April 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
Imagine that the chief executive of a major record company died of a heart attack. His staff strangle all the members of the in-house orchestra, say the Vienna Philharmonic, chief conductor to the fore, laying them carefully in performance layout in an underground concert hall. The executive himself is placed with attendants (also strangled) in a fully-equipped recording room to one side. Next to each player was his (or, occasionally, her) instrument on which the murderer had first inscribed its tuning. Beside the bodies were illustrations of the musicians in performance, though sadly no scores. Then a roof was put up and the whole tomb encased in earth for a little over two-thousand four-hundred years.
This scenario may sound fantastic, it may even sound curiously tempting to some. It is also exactly what happened in central China. In the Winter of 1977 a unit of the Chinese People's Liberation Army was called in to level a small hill, such that a factory could be built near the town of Suizhou, which lies to the north of the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province. Breaking into a hitherto unknown burial pit of obvious antiquity, the soldiers quickly called in the archaeologists. The discovery that followed was the most remarkable in Chinese musical history to date, and one unparalleled among any of the other ancient cultures, whether in Asia, Africa, Europe or the Americas.
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