Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Bard College , I attended the Conference - Harmony And Power: The Role of Music in the Cultivation of the Literati in Ancient China
The first talk in the afternoon was presented by Prof. François Picard, from Paris-Sorbonne University (Ethnomusicology)
His talk was:
The Role of Guqin as a Link between Ancient and Contemporary China.
Here is a short clip of his talk. (please do not share, this is only for self study)
Prof. François played several music recordings that are modern composed music which used Guqin as one of the instruments. His point is that modern Chinese composers are all influenced by western music and he thinks that the guqin is not being used to its essential quality, but as other Chinese musical instrument just to create some decorative sounds. And the guqin music have lost its antiquity and the antiquity is declining.