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Published: 03 May 2014

By Andy Ross

Chinese music book rediscovered

210 years ago, a small book of music for flute, recorder and lute was brought back to the UK from China and lay in Cambridge, forgotten until now.

The book entitled Xian Di Pipa Pu survived war, and a long sea voyage to get back to Britain and now has been identified as a rare example of early Chinese musical notation. The journey is a fascinating story of swashbuckling adventure which you can read here. I wonder when we can expect to hear the ancient melodies again?

Thanks for the link, Songlines Magazine.