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Music in China is one of many case-study volumes that can be used along with Thinking Musically, the core book in the Global Music Series. Thinking Musically incorporates music from many diverse cultures and establishes the framework for exploring the practice of music around the world. It sets the stage for an array of case-study volumes, each of which focuses on a single area of the world. Each case study uses the contemporary musical situation as a point of departure, covering historical information and traditions as they relate to the present. Visit www.oup.com/us/globalmusic for a list of case studies in the Global Music Series. The website also includes instructional materials to accompany each study.

Music in China offers a unique exploration of the rich, dynamic, and multifaceted Chinese musical landscape. In contrast with previous scholarship--which focused almost exclusively on the role of music in elite culture--this volume takes a balanced look at a variety of traditional and modern genres, including those performed among local and regional folk musicians, in academia, in the media, and on concert stages both inside and outside of China. Using the interrelated themes of identity, modernization, and ideology as a narrative framework, author Frederick Lau discusses the musical features of the selected genres, the processes through which they came into existence, and related socio-political issues. Lau draws on his own extensive fieldwork and performance experience in both mainland China and its diasporic communities to show how the ever-changing Chinese musical tradition takes on particular meanings in China, in overseas Chinese communities, and in diverse international settings.

Enhanced by eyewitness accounts of local performances, interviews with key performers, vivid illustrations, and hands-on listening activities, Music in China provides an accessible and engaging introduction to Chinese music. It is packaged with an 80-minute audio CD containing examples of the music discussed in the book.

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CD Track List

Notes on Romanization, Spelling, Chinese Names, Notation

1. Music of the People

First Encounter: Teahouse Music in the Jiangnan Area



Second Encounter: Xianshi in Chaozhou Region

Amateur Music-Making in the People's Republic of China

Music Regionalism and the Meaning of Regional Music

2. Constructing National Music

Defining National Music Guoyue

Institutions and National Music Conservatory

The Chinese Orchestra

The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

Solo Repertory in the Making

Solo Repertory for Dizi

Solo Repertory for Erhu

Blind Musician Abing (1893-1950)

Solo Repertory for Pipa

Solo Repertory for Guzheng

3. Regional Musics with the National Soundscape

The Canton Guangdong region

Instrumental Music: Guangdong yinyue

Opera: Yueju

Beijing Opera

Fujian: Narrative Nanguan Vocal and Instrumental Genre

The Jiangnan Area Ensemble Music: Jiangnan Sizhu

Regional Variants of a Widespread Ensemble Music: Luogu and Chuida

4. Musical Interfaces between East and West

A Glimpse at Chinese Music in Europe and America

Western Music in China

Piano in China

New Voices in Chinese Music

Chou Wen-Chung

New Wave Composers

Popular Music

Hong Kong Cantopop

Minority Pop in the Mainstream

5. Music and Ideology

Confucianism and Music Through Time

The Seven-stringed Zither: Guqin

Amateur Music Clubs

Dongjing Music of the Naxi People

Music and Ideology in the People's Republic of China

Revolutionary Songs for the Masses

Model Opera: Yangbanxi


6. Chinese Music Beyond China

Expressing Chineseness Musically

Traditional Music in the Diaspora

Cantonese Music Clubs in the New World

Expressing Chaozhouness in Bangkok, Thailand

Chinese Music Singaporean Style

Circulation of Popular Music of Various Sorts

Jon Jang, the Chinese Jazzman

Mandarin Song Singing Clubs

Chinese Chorus and Singing/Karaoke beyond Asia

Something New, Something Old: Chinese Music at a Crossroad






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Lau, Frederick
Oxford University Press, USA
null, Frederick
Music -- China -- History and criticism.
History & Criticism - General
Instruction & Study - Appreciation
General Music
Music | World Music, Ethnomusicology
Music -- History and criticism.
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Global Music
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20 halftones, 20 line illus.
5.500 x 8.100 in 0.563 lb

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