Pianos and Politics in China: Middle-Class Ambitions and the Struggle over Western Music

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Oxford University Press, Jul 13, 1989 - Political Science - 308 pages
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In China, a nation where the worlds of politics and art are closely linked, Western classical music was considered during the cultural revolution to be an imperialist intrusion, in direct conflict with the native aesthetic. In this revealing chronicle of the relationship between music and politics in twentieth-century China, Richard Kraus examines the evolution of China's ever-changing disposition towards European music and demonstrates the steady westernization of Chinese music. Placing China's cultural conflicts in global perspective, he traces the lives of four Chinese musicians and reflects on how their experiences are indicative of China's place at the furthest edge of an expanding Western international order.
 

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Contents

1 Cosmopolitan Culture at Capitalisms Periphery
3
2 The Ambiguous Legacy of Composer Xian Xinghai
40
Fou Tsong
70
4 Science versus Revolution in the Modernization of Music
100
Yin Chengzong
128
Liu Shikun
161
7 The Power of Music the Music of Power
191
Notes
215
Index
272
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