China and the West: Music, Representation, and Reception

China and the West: Music, Representation, and Reception

China and the West: Music, Representation, and Reception

China and the West: Music, Representation, and Reception


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Western music reached China nearly four centuries ago, with the arrival of Christian missionaries, yet only within the last century has Chinese music absorbed its influence. As China and the West demonstrates, the emergence of “Westernized” music from China—concurrent with the technological advances that have made global culture widely accessible—has not established a prominent presence in the West.

China and the West brings together essays on centuries of Sino-Western musical exchange by musicologists, ethnomusicologists, and music theorists from around the world. It opens with a look at theoretical approaches of prior studies of musical encounters and a comprehensive survey of the intercultural and cross-cultural theoretical frameworks—exoticism, orientalism, globalization, transculturation, and hybridization—that inform these essays. Part I focuses on the actual encounters between Chinese and European musicians, their instruments and institutions, and the compositions inspired by these encounters, while Part II examines theatricalized and mediated East-West cultural exchanges, which often drew on stereotypical tropes, resulting in performances more inventive than accurate. Part III looks at the musical language, sonority, and subject matters of “intercultural” compositions by Eastern and Western composers. Essays in Part IV address reception studies and consider the ways in which differences are articulated in musical discourse by actors serving different purposes, whether self-promotion, commercial marketing, or modes of nationalistic—even propagandistic—expression. The volume’s extensive bibliography of secondary sources will be invaluable to scholars of music, contemporary Chinese culture, and the globalization of culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780472130313
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 03/01/2017
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Hon-Lun Yang is Professor of Music at Hong Kong Baptist University.

Michael Saffle is Professor of Music in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech.

Table of Contents

Preface Hon-Lun Yang Michael Saffle ix

Music, China, and the West: A Musical-Theoretical Introduction Hon-Lun Yang 1

Part 1 Chinese-Western Historical Encounters and Musical Exchanges

The Pipe Organ of the Baroque Era in China David Francis Urrows 21

From Colonial Modernity to Global Identity: The Shanghai Municipal Orchestra Hon-Lun Yang 49

Calafati, Sou-Chong, Lang Lang, and Li Wei: Two Hundred Years of "the Chinese" in Austrian Music, Drama, and Film Cornelia Szabó-Knotik 65

Part 2 "Staged" Encounters and Theatrical Representations of Chineseness

Eastern Fantasies on Western Stages: Chinese-Themed Operettas and Musical Comedies in Turn-of-the-Last- Century London and New York Michael Saffle 87

The Many Lives of Flower Drum Song (1957-2002): Negotiating Chinese American Identity in Print, on Stage, and on Screen James Deaville 119

Deterritorializing Spirituality: Intercultural Encounters in Iron Road Mary Ingraham 137

Part 3 Chinese-Western Musical Encounters and Intercultural Compositions

Chinese Opera Percussion from Model Opera to Tan Dun Nancy Yunhwa Rao 163

Spanning the Timbral Divide: Insiders, Outsiders, and Novelty in Chinese-Western Fusion Concertos John Winzenburg 186

Combinations of the Familiar and the Strange: Aspects of Asian-Dutch Encounters in Recent Music History Emile Wennekes 205

Part 4 Ideological Encounters and the Reception of Chinese Music and Ensembles in the West

The Shanghai Quartet's Chinasong: A Musical Counterpart to English-Language Cultural Revolution Memoirs? Eric Hung 223

Contested Imaginaries of Collective Harmony: The Poetics and Politics of "Silk Road" Nostalgia in China and the West Harm Langenkamp 243

When a Great Nation Emerges: Chinese Music in the World Frederick Lau 265

A Postscript Michael Saffle 283

Bibliography 289

Contributors 311

Index 317

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