Jinyu Qin Society

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Group photo of the society in 1961

Jinyu Qin Society (Chinese: 今虞琴社) is a Guqin society found in Suzhou in 1936. Its founders included Zha Fuxi, Zhang Ziqian, Xu Yuanbai and other famous contemporary Guqin players. It also had a journal Jinyu which only published once.[1][2][3]


Zha Fuxi and other twenty-eight established this society on March 1, 1936,[4] and held a yaji the same day.[5]

On December 27, they founded a branch in Shanghai. Because there were more players in Shanghai, this branch started to become more important than its former headquarters.[6] They published the journal Jinyu in October 1937, and sent all the copies to other players in the country without any charge. Due to the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War, the journal was never published again.[5] In the meantime, the society did a survey which suggested there were only 112 Guqin players in the whole country at the time, as most of these players were born to noble families.[6]

Because the Japanese Army occupied Shanghai, the founders fled to different places in order to escape the violence, after which they were hardly ever able to reorganise it again.[4] It was totally closed down after the outbreak of the Cultural Revolution, but was reestablished in 1980 when Zhang Ziqian became the first president.[7]


  1. ^ "民国时期的今虞琴社和《今虞》琴刊". 中國網. 2003-04-18. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  2. ^ 今日,我们走失“虞山”——今虞琴社七十周年社庆音乐会记,梁晴,《音樂愛好者》,2007年03期
  3. ^ Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture, 2005, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, Index 1061
  4. ^ a b 榮天圻(1968),《藝人與藝事》,台灣商務印書館,ISBN 9570512830
  5. ^ a b "今虞琴社与广陵琴人". 揚州史志. 2013-09-13. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  6. ^ a b "从今虞琴社的创立和早期活动透视中国近代古琴文化的转型". 中國音樂史學網. 2010-07-27. Archived from the original on 2014-07-15. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  7. ^ "张子谦". 中國音樂學院. Archived from the original on 2015-03-23. Retrieved 2014-12-31.