Zha Fuxi Collection of Ch'in Worktapes, 1938-1958

Overview of the Collection

Fuxi, Zha
Zha Fuxi Collection of Ch'in Worktapes
1938-1958 (inclusive)
12 items  :  EC- 12 reels (7 1/2 ips, full-track); WT- 12 reels (7 1/2 ips, 1/2 tr., stereo, 7" and 10"); Duration: 8:00:00; hand-written notes for tapes 4-6; email w/ F. Lieberman 3/2006; hand-written logsheets.
Collection Number
Collection of tapes (1-2) recorded to disc at the Library of Congress, 1938 (Fredric Lieberman, 7/2001); remaining tapes from a variety of sources.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
Access Restrictions

Unrestricted: collection is open for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Zha Fuxi (1895–1976) was a masterful player of the guqin - a musical instrument in the zither family. His family came from the province of Jiangxi in southeast China, which is where he first learned to play the guqin. He co-founded the Jinyu Qin Society, an important national guqin organization in 1936. In addition, he was a vice-chairman of the National Musical Association of China, president of the Beijing Guqin Society, and a department head at the Central Institute of (Folk) Music. In 1945, he came to the United States and made a few recordings of his music at the Library of Congress.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Performers: Zha Fuxi/qin (reels 1-2) (and unidentified flute player on reel 2); Zheng Yingsun and Xu Yuan bai/qin (last 2 items on reel 2); remaining performers and complete contents listed on original archive sheets.

Contents of reel 1 and (first 3 items of) reel 2 appear to be the same as 62-1.1-3 (collection titled "Concert: Zha Fuxi/qin")

Additional documentation re: Zha Fuxi recordings: see documentation file for AF1 China/62-1 - 1) Contents list for Zha Fuxi recordings; 2) Email correspondence with the Library of Congress, 11/2001 - information includes LC Recorded Sound Section shelf # for source tapes - LWO 5293 rl-A-B; LC has 1958 correspondence with Robert Garfias; Judith Gray (LC AFC) has documentation re: a recording session by "Mr. C.H. Cha" [Zha Fuxi] 10/16/1945 [same session?]

According to Fredric Lieberman (3/2006), some tapes are copies of his recordings of Mr. Tao and Lui Pei-yuen; others are tapes given to him by Lui Pei-yuen of other Mei-an performers in Hong Kong and China.

Documentation: Original archive sheets

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Ch'in Worktapes
1 audiotape : Audio Reel

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Classical Music--China
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Qin (Musical instrument)
  • Sound recordings in ethnomusicology

Geographical Names

  • Asia
  • China--Asia--East Asia

Form or Genre Terms

  • Sound recordings