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|Other Titles:||An exploration of the writing context of Jiu yue yan ge from Yiu-mei Hsiao's perspective of Chinese and Western music|
College of Music, NTNU
Yiu-mei Hsiao was one of the most important persons in the history of contemporary Chinese music. His contribution to music education as well as to music composition established the basis of Chinese new music. He founded China's first specialized institute of higher education for music based on the system of Western conservatory; moreover, he developed Chinese new music with Western compositional techniques. Nevertheless, an often neglected fact is that he was also a musicologist. Hsiao was the first one of Chinese scholars to have a PhD in musicology. He was a pioneer in applying musicological methods to the research of Chinese music history. He investigated the history of Chinese music and discovered the factors and problems hindering the development of Chinese music. All of his research regarding music mainly aimed at finding a new approach for the development of Chinese new music. After almost twenty years of debate on introducing and teaching Western music, Hsiao designed the "Evolution of Ancient Music" curriculum in 1939 and wrote Jiu yue yan ge for the course. Jiu yue yan ge is essentially a history of Chinese music. This book describes the progression of Chinese music from ancient times to the Qing Dynasty, all from the viewpoint of musicology. Moreover, it presents Hsiao’s reflection on Chinese ancient music, that of the initiator of Chinese new music. In this essay, I arrange Hsiao's perspectives of Chinese music and Western music based on his writings and aim to explore features of the writing context of Jiu yue yan ge.
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