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Meeting looks at music's global context

By Chen Nan | | Updated: 2023-10-23 15:08
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Shanxi Gong Family wind and percussion musicians. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The third international conference on contemporary studies of Chinese music in a global perspective, Contrast and Convergence in Chinese Music, took place at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing from Oct 20 to 23.

Since 2019, the event, initiated by the Central Conservatory of Music, aims to promote communication of international music experts and scholars on the exploration of Chinese music.

Issues, such as "music research under global cultural flows", "research on the contemporary value of Chinese traditional music" and "current and future research on professional music composition in China", have been discussed. Over 130 scholars and musicians from around the world gave key speeches during the event.

One of the topics explored during the event was "research on Chou Wen-chung's music composition". Chou (1923-2019), is a Chinese American composer. The discussions cover the composer's music research from the view of cross-cultural study, his sound expression combined with classical Chinese poetry and his music language based on ancient Chinese music and adapted with modern music.

Concerts were also staged, featuring Chinese chamber music ensembles, such as Amber Quartet, Shanxi Gong Family wind and percussion musicians, and the Chinese chamber orchestra of the Central Conservatory of Music.

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