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Title Lives in Chinese music / edited by Helen Rees.

Published Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2009]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  780.92251 LIVE    AVAILABLE
Physical description 223 pages : illustrations, maps, music ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction. Writing Lives in Chinese Music / Helen Rees -- Pt. I. Regional Focus: The Yangtze River Delta -- 1. Zhao Yongming: Portrait of a Mountain Song Cicada / Frank Kouwenhoven and Antoinet Schimmeipenninck -- 2. Shao Binsun and Huju Traditional Opera in Shanghai / Jonathan P. J. Stock and Shao Binsun -- Pt. II. The Literati -- 3. Tsar Teh-yun at Age 100: A Life of Qin Music, Poetry, and Calligraphy / Bell Yung -- 4. Gathering a Nation's Music: A Life of Yang Yinliu / Peter Miclc -- Pt. III. Music on the Cultural Frontiers -- 5. Grace Liu and Cantonese Opera in England: Becoming Chinese Overseas / Tong Soon Lee -- 6. Abdulla Majnun: Muqam Expert / Rachel Harris -- 7. Compliance, Autonomy, and Resistance of a "State Artist": The Case of Chinese-Mongolian Musician Teng Geer / Nimrod Baranovitch.
Summary "Until recently, most scholarly work on Chinese music in both Chinese and Western languages has focused on genres, musical structure, and general history and concepts, rather than on the musicians themselves. This volume breaks new ground by focusing on individual musicians active in different amateur and professional music scenes in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Chinese communities in Europe." "Using biography to deepen understanding of Chinese music, contributors present richly contextualized portraits of rural folk singers, urban opera singers, literati, and musicians on both geographic and cultural frontiers. The topics investigated by these authors provide fresh insights into issues such as the urban-rural divide, the position of ethnic minorities within the People's Republic of China, the adaptation of performing arts to modernizing trends of the twentieth century, and the use of the arts for propaganda and commercial purposes."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Rees, Helen, 1964-
Subject Musicians -- China -- Biography.
Music -- China -- History and criticism.
ISBN 0252033795 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780252033797 (cloth : alk. paper)