The Daughter of the Maestro: Life in Surabaya, Shanghai, and Florence

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iUniverse, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 308 pages
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Before the current re-birth of Shanghai and before the stagnation brought on by China's Cultural Revolution, there was a vibrant European community in Shanghai. An important element of this cultural oasis in China during the first half of the 1900's was the musical efforts of Maestro Mario Paci, an Italian pianist and conductor who reorganized the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and taught piano and singing to a large number of devoted Chinese and European pupils. Intertwined with her father's life, Floria, the Maestro's daughter, shares her memoirs, from being born in Surabaya, Java to her English schooling in Shanghai and trips to Italy.
 

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Contents

My Mother and Father
1
The Romance of Floria and Mario
8
Mario and Sara in Java
20
Marriage of Mario and Sara
66
Voyage to Shanghai
75
Birth of Shanghai Municipal Orchestra and birth of Floria me
105
Paci to Italy to engage musicians
113
Commuting between Shanghai Holland and Italy
125
to School in England and Life in Florence
166
SinoJapanese Conflict 1937
202
Family Returns to Shanghai
238
The Japanese take over
253
The War Ends the Victory Concert and the Marriage
270
Politics and the Orchestra
279
Last years in Shanghai and our Departure for the U S
289
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