Beethoven in China

Beethoven in China : How the Great Composer Became an Icon in the People's Republic

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At the turn of the twentieth century, students returning from abroad brought Beethoven to China. The composer's perseverance in the face of adversity and his musical genius resonated in a young nation searching for a way forward. Beethoven remained a durable part of Chinese life in the decades that followed, proving a remarkable chameleon; an icon to reformers, intellectuals, music fans and party cadres alike, playing a role in major historical events from the May Fourth Movement to the normalisation of US-China relations.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 132 pages
  • 124 x 183 x 11mm | 100g
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • English
  • 0734399529
  • 9780734399526
  • 566,520

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"Moser's love of this language, the product of decades of committee meetings and infighting, shines through in his lively narration of Putonghua's coalescence." --Los Angeles Review of Books
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About Jindong Cai

Jindong Cai is an orchestra conductor and a professor at Stanford University. He is a three-time recipient of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music.

Sheila Melvin has been writing about China for over 20 years. She is the author of Rhapsody in Red (co-authored with Jindong) and The Little Red Book of China Business.
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