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Author Lau, Frederick.

Title Music in China : experiencing music, expressing culture / Frederick Lau.

Imprint New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    780.951 LAU    Available
Description xxv, 182 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm. + 1 sound disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.).
Series Global music series
Global music series.
Note "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 communnities to show how the ever- changing Chines musical tradition takes on particular meanings in China, in overseas Chiniese 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 a 70 minute audio CD containing examples of the music discussed in the book." -- p. [4] of cover.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 167-175) and index.
Contents Music of the people -- Constructing national music -- Regional musics with the national soundscape -- Musical interfaces between east and west -- Music and ideology -- Chinese music beyond China.
Subject Music -- China -- History and criticism.
Music appreciation -- China.
ISBN 0195301234 cloth
9780195301243 (paper (main))
0195301242 (paper (main))
9780195301236 cloth

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