∟220 BC - Gao Shan Liu Shui (高山流水) - High Mountain and Running River
Gao Shan Liu Shui (高山流水) - High Mountain and Running River, Guzheng (古筝, Zither) Solo, was composed by Bo Ya (伯牙) before 221 BC.
Year: 220 BC (先秦时期)
Title: Han Chun Feng Qu (高山流水) - High Mountains Flowing Water,
Running Water in High Mountain, High Mountain and Running River
Composer: Bo Ya (伯牙)
Genre: Guzheng (古筝, Zither) Solo
Listed as one of ten best ancient Chinese music pieces, "High Mountains Flowing Water"
has lyre and zither versions, both inspired by the classical allusion: Boya encountering
a person who understands his zither performance.
"Bo Ya was good at playing the qin. Zhong Ziqi was good at to listening
to the qin. When Bo Ya's will was towards high mountains in his playing,
Zhong Ziqi would say, 'How towering like Mount Tai!' When Bo Ya's will was
towards flowing water in his playing, Zhong Ziqi would say, 'How vast are the
rivers and oceans!' Whatever Bo Ya thought of Ziqi would never fail to understand.
Bo Ya said, 'Amazing! Your heart and mines are the same!' When Ziqi died,
Bo Ya broke the strings [of his qin] and vowed never to play [the qin] again.
Thus, there was the melody of High Mountains Flowing Water."