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Qing
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A girl is playing Qing, the Warring States Period (475-221BC) Qing (musical stone) was a kind of stone/jade percussion instrument in ancient China. It was not only a kind of musical instrument, but also the symbol of power and status. Commonly, Qing was composed of varied stones .

Historical records show that Qing originated from stone tools used in daily life by Chinese ancestors. During their laboring, theyfound that these tools could produce pleasant sounds and therefore used them as musical instruments for entertainment.

Archeological findings show that Qing came into being in the Xia Dynasty (over 4,300 years ago) and by the Zhou Dynasty (11th century BC-256BC), a set of Qing, pending from a rack and each with a different tone, emerged and these Qing series were a native Chinese invention (the whole rack is called Bianqing).

中国古老的打击乐器——磬

磬, 是中国古代的石制打击乐器(也有用玉石雕刻成的)。悬挂在架子之上,用木锤敲击,可以发出动听的鸣响。

根据文献记载:磬的产生来源于中国人的祖先在日常生活经常用的一些片状的石制工具,比如象石铲这一类的工具。他们在长期的生产过程中,发现这些工具不但能发声,而且非常悦耳,于是,将它们当作娱乐的乐器使用,起名叫“磬”。

据考古:中国早在夏代(距今四千四百多年)就有了这种乐器,到了周代(公元前1066年——公元前221年)常有十几个大小成组的磬,这种磬称做“编磬”。
 
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