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Author Stock, Jonathan P. J., 1963-

Title Musical creativity in twentieth-century China : Abing, his music, and its changing meanings / by Jonathan P.J. Stock.

Imprint Rochester, N.Y. : University of Rochester Press, 1996.

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Description xii, 209 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm. + 1 sound disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.).
Series Eastman studies in music, 1071-9989 ; [6]
Eastman studies in music ; v. 6.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-204) and index.
Contents Abing CD Contents -- Ch. 1. China, and the City of Wuxi, from the 1890s to 1950 -- Ch. 2. Narrative, Ideology, and the Life of Abing -- Ch. 3. Musical Life in Early-Twentieth-Century Wuxi -- Ch. 4. Music for Erhu -- Ch. 5. Music for Pipa -- Ch. 6. Musical Creativity, Identity, and Meaning in Twentieth-Century China -- Appendix 1. Erhu Music -- Appendix 2. Pipa Music.
Summary This work examines the multiple and conflicting interpretations created around the life of the blind folk musician Abing (1893-1950). Abing is a household name in China, but, despite the central place he holds in Chinese music, he is little known, and his music rarely heard abroad. This detailed study of Abing, and the accompanying CD compilation of his best known pieces, reveal much about this unjustly neglected composer, and about the performance and reception of traditional music in contemporary China. Particular attention is given to the problematic category of the musical "work" in a tradition that relies heavily on improvisation and creative reworking of material. Abing's music has also taken strikingly different shapes since his death, notably in arrangements - some involving Western instruments - that adapt the music to changing tastes and ideological trends in the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, and overseas.
Subject Abing, 1893-1950.
Folk musicians -- China -- Biography.
Folk music -- China -- History and criticism.
Wuxi (Jiangsu Sheng, China) -- History.
ISBN 1878822764 (alk. paper)
9781878822765 (alk. paper)