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Music in China

Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture

Frederick Lau

Publication Date - November 2007

ISBN: 9780195301243

208 pages
Book with CD/DVD
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

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Music in China is one of many case-study volumes that can be used along with Thinking Musically, the core book in the Global Music Series. Thinking Musically incorporates music from many diverse cultures and establishes the framework for exploring the practice of music around the world. It sets the stage for an array of case-study volumes, each of which focuses on a single area of the world. Each case study uses the contemporary musical situation as a point of departure, covering historical information and traditions as they relate to the present. Visit www.oup.com/us/globalmusic for a list of case studies in the Global Music Series. The website also includes instructional materials to accompany each study.
Music in China offers a unique exploration of the rich, dynamic, and multifaceted Chinese musical landscape. In contrast with previous scholarship--which focused almost exclusively on the role of music in elite culture--this volume takes a balanced look at a variety of traditional and modern genres, including those performed among local and regional folk musicians, in academia, in the media, and on concert stages both inside and outside of China. Using the interrelated themes of identity, modernization, and ideology as a narrative framework, author Frederick Lau discusses the musical features of the selected genres, the processes through which they came into existence, and related socio-political issues. Lau draws on his own extensive fieldwork and performance experience in both mainland China and its diasporic communities to show how the ever-changing Chinese musical tradition takes on particular meanings in China, in overseas Chinese communities, and in diverse international settings.
Enhanced by eyewitness accounts of local performances, interviews with key performers, vivid illustrations, and hands-on listening activities, Music in China provides an accessible and engaging introduction to Chinese music. It is packaged with an 80-minute audio CD containing examples of the music discussed in the book.

Table of Contents

    CD Track List
    Notes on Romanization, Spelling, Chinese Names, Notation
    1. Music of the People
    First Encounter: Teahouse Music in the Jiangnan Area
    Second Encounter: Xianshi in Chaozhou Region
    Amateur Music-Making in the People's Republic of China
    Music Regionalism and the Meaning of Regional Music
    2. Constructing National Music
    Defining National Music Guoyue
    Institutions and National Music Conservatory
    The Chinese Orchestra
    The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra
    Solo Repertory in the Making
    Solo Repertory for Dizi
    Solo Repertory for Erhu
    Blind Musician Abing (1893-1950)
    Solo Repertory for Pipa
    Solo Repertory for Guzheng
    3. Regional Musics with the National Soundscape
    The Canton Guangdong region
    Instrumental Music: Guangdong yinyue
    Opera: Yueju
    Beijing Opera
    Fujian: Narrative Nanguan Vocal and Instrumental Genre
    The Jiangnan Area Ensemble Music: Jiangnan Sizhu
    Regional Variants of a Widespread Ensemble Music: Luogu and Chuida
    4. Musical Interfaces between East and West
    A Glimpse at Chinese Music in Europe and America
    Western Music in China
    Piano in China
    New Voices in Chinese Music
    Chou Wen-Chung
    New Wave Composers
    Popular Music
    Hong Kong Cantopop
    Minority Pop in the Mainstream
    5. Music and Ideology
    Confucianism and Music Through Time
    The Seven-stringed Zither: Guqin
    Amateur Music Clubs
    Dongjing Music of the Naxi People
    Music and Ideology in the People's Republic of China
    Revolutionary Songs for the Masses
    Model Opera: Yangbanxi
    6. Chinese Music Beyond China
    Expressing Chineseness Musically
    Traditional Music in the Diaspora
    Cantonese Music Clubs in the New World
    Expressing Chaozhouness in Bangkok, Thailand
    Chinese Music Singaporean Style
    Circulation of Popular Music of Various Sorts
    Jon Jang, the Chinese Jazzman
    Mandarin Song Singing Clubs
    Chinese Chorus and Singing/Karaoke beyond Asia
    Something New, Something Old: Chinese Music at a Crossroad

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