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History and Classification Chinese musical instruments and instrumental music have a long his­ tory. The ancestors left a large number of instruments and colorful instru­ mental music (see Yang, 1981; Guo, 1989; Zhongguo Yishu Yanjiuyan Yinyue Yanjiusuo, 1988). The history of Chinese music can roughly be divided into the following large overlapping periods.