On Sound: Reconstructing a Zhuangzian Perspective of Music
AbstractA devotion to music in Chinese classical texts is worth noticing. Early Chinese thinkers saw music as a significant part of human experience and a core practice for philosophy. While Confucian endorsement of ritual and music has been discussed in the field, Daoist understanding of music was hardly explored. This paper will make a careful reading of the Xiánchí 咸池 music story in the Zhuangzi, one of the most interesting, but least noticed texts, and reconstruct a Zhuangzian perspective from it. While sounds had been regarded as mere building blocks of music and thus depreciated in the hierarchical understanding of music in the mainstream discourse of early China, sound is the alpha and omega of music in the Zhuangzian perspective. All kinds of sounds, both human and natural, are invited into musical discourse. Sound is regarded as the real source of our being moved by music, and therefore, musical consummation is depicted as embodiment through sound. View Full-Text
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Park, S.J. On Sound: Reconstructing a Zhuangzian Perspective of Music. Humanities 2016, 5, 3.
Park SJ. On Sound: Reconstructing a Zhuangzian Perspective of Music. Humanities. 2016; 5(1):3.Chicago/Turabian Style
Park, So J. 2016. "On Sound: Reconstructing a Zhuangzian Perspective of Music." Humanities 5, no. 1: 3.
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