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Solitary Orchid (幽兰, You Lan, Guqin, 古琴)

Solitary Orchid (幽兰, You Lan, Guqin, 古琴)  is the name of a piece of music or melody for the guqin which was written before AD 908, and is possibly the oldest surviving piece of written music in the Far East.
《幽兰》据传是梁代琴家丘明所传的一首古琴曲,通过描写空谷幽兰素雅静谧的意境以表达抑郁伤感的情绪。

Length: 10’12”

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《幽兰》:古琴曲。据说是梁代著名琴家丘明的传谱,现收录在《神奇秘谱》中的是唐人的手抄本,记谱年代大约在武则天时期(684-714),是现存最早的古琴曲谱。原谱未署作者姓名,曲名前冠调名“碣石调”,故又名《碣石调.幽兰》,原曲名后注明:“一名《猗兰》”,所以有人认为《猗兰操》即《幽兰》。
据蔡邕的《琴操》记载:孔子周游列国,却得不到诸候的赏识,在从卫国返回晋国途中,见幽谷中茂盛的芳兰与杂草为伍,触发怀才不遇之情感,遂写下这首琴曲,但是否真为孔子所作,颇令人怀疑。

此曲短小精悍,全曲共四段:第一段是引子,其余三段是乐曲的主题。节奏缓慢,力度也并不强烈,表现了空谷幽兰那清雅素洁及静谧悠远的意境,表达了抑郁伤感的情绪。
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