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Yue 樂, Books on Music

Feb 17, 2011 © Ulrich Theobald

The type of books on music (yue lei 樂類) is a sub-category to the literary category of Confucian Classics (jingbu 經部) in the collectaneum Siku quanshu 四庫全書. This categorization follows the traditional assumption that either there was once a classic on music (the putative Yuejing 樂經) or that at least, the Confucians as ritual experts had a great interest in music as the base for cosmic and social harmony. It might also have been that the term yue designated the musical notes for the songs in the Confucian classic Shijing 詩經. The imperial bibliography Yiwenzhi 藝文志 in the official dynastic history Hanshu 漢書 lists a 23 juan "scrolls" long book with the title Yueji 樂記. The ritual classic Liji 禮記 has a chapter with that title. In fact, there are a lot of books on music included in other literary categories, like books on the zither, or various songs and arias in the belles-lettres category. The section on musicological books in the Siku quanshu includes 22 books. The most important are the Yueshu 樂書 and the Yuelü quanshu 樂律全書.

Books on Music
See also treatises on art (yishu lei 藝術類: books on the zither).
樂經 Yuejing (Zhou) NN
樂記 Yueji (Zhou) NN
樂書要錄 Yueshu yaolu (Tang) imp. ord.
皇祐新樂圖記 Huangyou xin yue tuji (Song) 阮逸 Ruan Yi, 胡瑗 Hu Yuan
琴史 QinshiTreatises on art (Song) 朱長文 Zhu Changwen
樂書 Yueshu (Song) 陳暘 Chen Chang
律呂新書 Lülü xinshu (Song) 蔡元定 Cai Yuanding
琴律說 * Qinlüshuo (Song) 朱熹 Zhu Xi
瑟譜 Sepu (Yuan) 熊朋來 Xiong Penglai
韶舞九成樂補 Shaowu jiucheng yue bu (Yuan) 余載 Yu Zai
律呂成書 Lülü chengshu (Yuan) 劉瑾 Liu Jin
苑洛志樂 Yuanluo zhilüe (Ming) 韓邦奇 Han Bangqi
鐘律通考 Zhonglü tongkao (Ming) 倪複 Ni Fu
樂律全書 Yuelü quanshu (Ming) 朱載堉 Zhu Zaiyu
(御定) 律曆淵源:
(御定) 曆象考成
(御定) 數理精蘊
(御定) 律呂正義
(Yuding) Lüli yuanyuan:
(Yuding) Lixiang kaocheng
(Yuding) Shuli jingyun
(Yuding) Lülü zhengyi
(Qing) imp. ord.
(御製) 律呂正義後編 (Yuzhi) Lülü zhengyi houbian (Qing) imp. ord.
(欽定) 詩經樂譜全書 (Qinding) Shijing yuepu quanshu (Qing) imp. ord.
古樂經傳 Guyue jingzhuan (Qing) 李光地 Li Guangdi
古樂書 Gu yueshu (Qing) 應撝謙 Ying Huiqian
(聖諭)樂本解說 (Shengyu) Yueben jieshuo (Qing) 毛奇齡 Mao Qiling
皇言定聲錄 Huangyan dingsheng lu (Qing) 毛奇齡 Mao Qiling
竟山樂錄 Jingshan yuelu (Qing) 毛奇齡 Mao Qiling
李氏學樂錄 Lishi xueyue lu (Qing) 李塨 Li Gong
樂律表微 Yuelü biaowei (Qing) 胡彥昇 Hu Yansheng
律呂新論 Lülü xinlun (Qing) 江永 Jiang Yong
律呂闡微 Lülü chanwei (Qing) 江永 Jiang Yong
琴旨 Qinzhi (Qing) 王坦 Wang Tan