SOAS University of London

Chinese Traditional Instrumental Music and Contemporary Construction

Professor Xianyan WANG

Date: 4 December 2017Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 4 December 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 563

Type of Event: Seminar

“Rites and music shall depend on each other; one cannot be without the other.” written by Zheng Qiao in Tongzhi (Comprehensive Treatises).Ancient China had matured in the Rites and Music. A great deal of music practice enriched the official etiquette and people’s daily life, which helped forming a rich and complete system of Chinese traditional music. However, since the early 20th century, Chinese music has been facing the conflict between traditional music and Western civilization. The mass dissemination of Western music has had profound impacts on Chinese traditional music. In the process of specialization, the traditional instrumental music has undergone a fundamental transformation in notation, transmission, instrumental ensemble and even music thinking. The new national orchestra, under the formulation of the Western symphony orchestra, is one of the results of this influence. This lecture will briefly introduce the traditional instrumental culture and make a review and reflection on the professionalization of Chinese instrumental music in the 20th century.
Speaker's Biography:

Xianyan WANG, Associate Professor of China Conservatory of Music and a visiting scholar at SOAS. His research focuses on Chinese traditional music. He is the member of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM), The Institute for Traditional Music In China, World Ethnomusicology Society, and Music Society of China's Minorities. Based on rich field experience in Chinese traditional music,  he has been to the Northern Europe, Nepal, Laos, Japan, Mongolia, Russia, Burma, India, Iran and other countries many times to conduct field investigations, from which he has developed a comprehensive perception of music culture and social context in the process of globalization.

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