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Until recently, most scholarly work on Chinese music in both Chinese and Western languages has focused on genres, musical structure, and general history and concepts, rather than on the musicians themselves. This volume breaks new ground by focusing on individual musicians active in different amateur and professional music scenes in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Chinese communities in Europe. Using biography to deepen understanding of Chinese music, contributors present contextualized portraits of rural folk singers, urban opera singers, literati, and musicians on both geographic and cultural frontiers. Contributors are Nimrod Baranovitch, Rachel Harris, Frank Kouwenhoven, Tong Soon Lee, Peter Micic, Helen Rees, Antoinet Schimmelpenninck, Shao Binsun, Jonathan P. J. Stock, and Bell Yung.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 162.56 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 566.99g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 2. Aufl.
  • 15 photographs; 2 line drawings; 1 table
  • 0252033795
  • 9780252033797
  • 1,667,269

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"The essays integrate the life stories of each musician into political, social, and economic developments in China. . . . Recommended."--Choice "Lives in Chinese Music represents a pioneering work in the field of ethnomusicology. The seven essays, highly uniform in length and very well structured, provide contrasting approaches and perspectives to the study of musical biography. The volume is certainly a valuable addition to the scholarship of Chinese music both inside and outside the Euro-American scholarship worlds."--China Review International "A magnificent contribution to English-language scholarship on the music of China. . . . The exceptional writing throughout the volume results in a collection that displays ethnographic research and writing at its best."-- The World of Music "In a difficult field...[this] book breaks new ground by bringing us the real lives of real musicians."--Songlinesshow more

About Helen Rees

Helen Rees is a professor of ethnomusicology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of Echoes of History: Naxi Music in Modern China.show more

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