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Ancient appreciation (4)

By Lu Qianwen (Global Times)

13:13, December 28, 2011

From minority to majority

Ever since ancient times, guqin has been held high as a royal and dignified musical instrument, available only to the upper classes. Some old poems tell how its players lamented the dearth of fellow guqin masters.

Despite a surge in popularity, guqin still suffers from limited appreciation today. Yan noticed that among his friends, few even know about the ancient instrument. Only one is learning the instrument. "It must be recognized and appreciated by the whole society. Only then will it maintain an eternal vitality," Tang said.

Now all the music colleges across the nation offer guqin as a major. This was done to nurture experts on this, according to Tang.

However, in addition to these measures, he also suggests promoting it on a larger scale to ordinary people.

"We welcome the promotion of the guqin into the nation's cultural development strategy. It is the only way to preserve both the technique and spirit of this cultural treasure," Tang said.

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