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Beauty Associated with the Bodily Ideal: Corporeal Practices in the Guqin Tradition
作者 王育雯
Author Yuh-wen Wang
關鍵詞 古琴軀體音樂學音樂美學身體
Keywords guqin, corporeal musicology, music aesthetics, body
摘要 音樂中的身體意義已經在不少西方音樂論著中受到重視與探討。而身體在傳統古琴的理解、欣賞、實踐,特別是在二十世紀音樂現代化之前,具有極重要的意義。與目前所見的音樂身體意義相當不同的是,古琴傳統中的身體理想與審美理想密切結合,而非如前者之中所見的,二種理想各行其是而無共同目標。
Abstract Bodily or corporeal significance in western art music has been explored in recent years. In Chinese tradition the body played a tremendously important role in the understanding, appreciation and actual practice of guqin prior to the modernization movement of early 20th century, yet this embodied significance is very different from what one finds in recent studies about the musical body.
This essay proposes that a unique feature of guqin lies in the unification of bodily ideal and musical beauty, and that this is what makes its embodied significance distinguished from that explored by Susan McClary and Elizabeth Le Gunn in 17th- and 18th-century European music. In the guqin tradition, the notion of bodily ideal──such as longevity and health──is closely associated with the notion of beauty and goodness. As explored in this paper, such a unique feature is reflected not only in various historical judgments of guqin music or performance, in poetry and other literary works from various times, but also in the notation, the structure of the instrument, and in many specific regulations found in instructions written specifically for guqin players.
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