4] emissions and grain yields in a rice field experiment at Dapu
, China Mean [+ or -] standard deviation.
Celestial Airs of Antiquity is the result of a laborious and difficult process of tablature interpretation, called dapu (ta p'u), by one of the most distinguished performers of the generation that initiated the revival of the ancient pieces in the 1950s.
All sixteen of the pieces notated in volume 1 of the Shenqi mipu had fallen from use until modern scholars and performers reconstructed them from tablature in a highly individual dapu process.
His teacher Xu Yuanbai (1892-1957) taught Yao to develop his own interpretations of the scores (using the dapu process) before hearing his teacher play.
As Yung says, by bringing together the original notation, recordings and transcriptions, 'this edition aims to present to the reader not only a body of music rarely heard outside of China [and, indeed, within China, I might add] but also essential material for an investigation of Yao Bingyan's dapu process'.
I look forward to seeing comparative analysis of different dapu interpretations.
The experiment was carried out in a paddy rice field located at Dapu
town, Yixing city, Jiangsu province, China (31[degrees]17'N, 119[degrees]54'E) from 2003 to 2005.