Lectures by Professors YANG Yangdi & ZHAO Weiping on Chinese Music Composition

Lectures by Professors YANG Yangdi & ZHAO Weiping on Chinese Music Composition

Featuring:Professors YANG Yangdi & ZHAO Weiping on Chinese Music Composition
Date:Friday, March 10
Time:4 pm & 5:30 pm
Location:Watkins Hall, Earl V. Moore Building, U-M School of Music, Theater & Dance
Free and open to the public: No reservation required

Friday, March 10

Lectures at Watkins Lecture Hall, U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance Moore Building

 4 pm: “Chinese Piano Music: A Centennial Retrospect”
YANG Yandi, Professor of Music, Shanghai Conservatory of Music

The lecture will give a brief and critical review of development of Chinese piano music in the last one hundred years. From 1913 when the first Chinese piano piece was written down to the recent time when  compositional activities flourished, the history of Chinese piano music underwent a zigzag yet fruitful course,  just as that of Chinese modern society and culture. A number of piano compositions by celebrated Chinese composers provide tentative answers on a seminal issue of Chinese music and musical culture: how should musicologists interpret the complicated relationships between native Chinese music characteristics and Western influences.

An acclaimed musicologist, Professor YANG Yandi is Professor and Vice President of Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Vice Chairman of Shanghai Musicians’ Association. Professor YANG’s research focuses on music aesthetics, analysis and criticism, opera studies, and performance practice. Among his publications are Chinese translations of four important musicological works: Paul Henry Lang’s Music in Western Civilization, Joseph Kerman’s Opera as Drama, Carl Dahlhaus’ The Foundations of Music History, and Charles Rosen’s The Classical Style.

5:30 pm : “Notated Sources of Tang Dynasty Music and Its Reconstructive Performance”

ZHAO Weiping, Professor of Music, Shanghai Conservatory of Music

China is the cradle of East Asian music notation systems.  From the sixth century on, a number of music notation systems and sources appeared in historical China, generating a music notation tradition using Chinese characters, one that deeply influenced Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese notation practices. Scholarly examinations of these notational signs began in the early decades of the 20th century, and developed into a prominent subfield of Chinese musicology in the 1980s. Paralleled to this development were studies on the Tang dynasty music repertory, its interpretation and reconstructive performance. Contemporary China wants to reconstructively perform thousand-years-old Tang dynasty music works. There are, however, many challenges. Since the Tang dynasty, Chinese musical instruments have undergone extensive transformations in material, organological design, timbre, and aesthetics. This lecture probes the Chinese Tang dynasty music by surveying Chinese musicological studies on notated sources and reconstructive performance.  

Professor ZHAO Weiping is Chair, Professor and Advisor of Doctoral Students of the Department of Musicology at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. He ​leads a national research project on Chinese Ancient Music History at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and directs the Center for Research on Music Cultures of China and Japan.

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