Pianos and Politics in China: Middle-Class Ambitions and the Struggle Over Western Music Richard Curt Kraus

ISBN: 9781280523915

Published: February 16th 2012

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288 pages


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Pianos and Politics in China: Middle-Class Ambitions and the Struggle Over Western Music  by  Richard Curt Kraus

Pianos and Politics in China: Middle-Class Ambitions and the Struggle Over Western Music by Richard Curt Kraus
February 16th 2012 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 288 pages | ISBN: 9781280523915 | 3.62 Mb

During the Chinese Cultural Revolutions rebellion against foreign influence, the piano, the musical embodiment of Western culture, became the object of intense hostility. In a nation where the world of politics and the world of art are closelyMoreDuring the Chinese Cultural Revolutions rebellion against foreign influence, the piano, the musical embodiment of Western culture, became the object of intense hostility.

In a nation where the world of politics and the world of art are closely linked, Western classical music was considered an imperialist intrusion, in direct conflict with the native aesthetic. In this revealing chronicle of the relationship between music and politics in 20th century China, Richard Kraus examines the evolution of Chinas ever-changing disposition towards European music and demonstrates how the late 1900s have seen the steady Westernization of Chinese music. Placing Chinas cultural conflicts in global perspective, Kraus traces the lives of four Chinese musicians and reflects on how their experiences are indicative of Chinas place at the furthest edge of an expanding Western international order.

From Kraus study there emerges a picture of an ambivalent nation in which politicians, artisans, and intelligentsia alike feel the uneasy tensions that arise when the forces of modernization and xenophobic nationalism clash.



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