This is the longest piece I’ve learned. Consisting of eighteen sections, Songs of the Fisherman 漁歌, like many other guqin pieces, portray the retreat to an existence that is immersed in the natural rhythm of the universe.
The earliest printed version dates to 1546, and the associated original preface depicts Mao Minzhong 毛敏仲 leaving his official post, embracing the Dao, following the clouds and the waters, thus escaping worldly cares.
Several versions exist. My teacher Lui PuiYuen 吕培源 gave me the transcription by Wu Zhaoji 吳兆基. Having studied the 1945 recording by Zha Fuxi 查阜西, I blended the two versions in this rendition.