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General information on references

We are looking for book sources, websites, articles, thesis, journal papers, online encyclopedias, etc.

In particular we are looking for

  • Reference pages to biographies of famous musicians
  • Outline timelines for major milestones in Chinese music history
  • Detailed reference pages or books about individual music developments in dynasties
  • Detailed accounts on the time of Chinese civil war / establishment of the PRC and its impact on Chinese music history

This wiki has already an extensive collection of articles, however most of them are related to contemporary music and not to traditional music.

Government Sources / References

Name Link Comment regarding copyright
ChinaCulture.org http://www1.chinaculture.org/library/ Website is declared as "Constructed by Chinadaily.com.cn" with "Copyright © 2003 Ministry of Culture, P.R.China. All rights reserved". However as per China Copyright Law, Article 5:

This Law shall not be applicable to:

  1. laws, regulations, resolutions, decisions and orders of state organs; other documents of legislative, administrative or judicial nature; and their official translations;
  2. news on current affairs;
  3. calendars, numerical tables, forms of general use and formulas.

As such it is understood that the Ministry of Culture is a State Organ and its website is part of the "other documents" of "administrative nature" including its "official translations" and hence no copyright applies and all content can be re-used and shared.

Cultural China http://www.cultural-china.com Website is declared as "non-profit cultural website initiated by Shanghai News and Press Bureau". The Shanghai News and Press Bureau is part of the Shanghai Government as indicated here: http://www.chinadetail.com/Nation/CityGovernmentShanghai.php

As such the following applies: China Copyright Law, Article 5:

This Law shall not be applicable to:

  1. laws, regulations, resolutions, decisions and orders of state organs; other documents of legislative, administrative or judicial nature; and their official translations;
  2. news on current affairs;
  3. calendars, numerical tables, forms of general use and formulas.

As such it is understood that the Shanghai News and Press Bureau is a State Organ and its website is part of the "other documents" of "administrative nature" including its "official translations" and hence no copyright applies and all content can be re-used and shared.

UNESCO Document Database http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/resources/publications/unesdoc-database/ Documents are often freely available, however are not to be copied. Instead they can be referenced to and used as source material. See the full Terms of Use:

UNESCO recommends that users who wish to create links from their websites to the Organization’s documents and publications give priority to links to bibliographical notes, e.g.: http://www.unesco.org/ulis/cgi-bin/ulis.pl?catno=163301&set=4958EB98_0_152&gp=1&lin=1

Given that the links to PDF files do not change, downloading these files to make them accessible from non-UNESCO websites is not authorized.

All links to the UNESDOC website must be clearly displayed as originating from UNESCO but the user is not required to inform us of the links they have created. However, users must strictly ensure that these links comply with the above terms and that they work correctly.

See the other terms of use and the confidentiality policy: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/terms-of-use/terms-of-use/permissions/

In general, please follow the guidelines of Wikipedia.

On instruments

Name Link Comment regarding copyright
History of Pipa http://www.liufangmusic.net/English/pipa.html Detailed one-page historical overview of the development of the pipa.
John Thompson on the Guqin Silk String Zither http://www.silkqin.com/ Extensive scientific research website about everything related to the guqin inlcuding translated guqin handbooks and original sources.

On History

General overviews

Thesis & Books


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