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Author Kraus, Richard Curt.

Title Pianos and politics in China : middle-class ambitions and the struggle over western music / Richard Curt Kraus.

Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1989.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  780.951 KRAU    DUE 19-11-19
Physical description xiii, 288 pages, 12 unnumbered pages plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Notes Includes index.
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 215-271.
Contents 1. Cosmopolitan Culture at Capitalism's Periphery 3 -- 2. Ambiguous Legacy of Composer Xian Xinghai 40 -- 3. Defector: Fou Ts'ong 70 -- 4. Science versus Revolution in the Modernization of Music 100 -- 5. Court Pianist to the Cultural Revolution: Yin Chengzong 128 -- 6. Red Aristocrat: Liu Shikun 161 -- 7. Power of Music, the Music of Power 191.
Summary During China's cultural revolution, one popular notion of a piano was that of a coffin in which notes rattled about like the bones of the bourgeoisie. The piano was the object of hostile attention because it was symbolic of the capitalist West: a product of the industrial revolution, the piano was popular with Europe's bourgeoisie; its eighty-eight keys produced non-Chinese sonorities. The Chinese urban middle class--prosperous, intellectual, and removed from traditional culture--was, and is, the main proponent of pianos and Western music. But the vast peasantry of China has often been puzzled by the piano and sometimes hostile to it. Today, however, the piano is looked upon in China as an emblem of modernization, and like the middle class, is alternately admired and resented, reflecting the politically sensitive issue of Chinese participation in an international culture born in Europe.
Subject Music -- China -- 20th century -- Political aspects.
Music and state -- China.
Musicians -- China -- Biography.
China -- Cultural policy.
ISBN 0195058364 (alk. paper)