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Here's a brilliant rendition of the Guqin piece; "Drunken Madness" (written c. 200 AD). According to legend, the instrument itself has a history stretching back 5 millenia, and it has appeared in Chinese records from 3,000 years ago.
As an instrument of great elegance and refinement, the guqin has been associated with Chinese literati and high culture (Confucius was noted to have played it). In days gone by, learning to play the guqin was considered an art that every educated man must achieve. Sadly, few master players remain, though its use in the 2008 Beijing Olympics' opening ceremony has helped to spark interest and elevate its status once again.
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