Apr 20, 2012

China FDC on "Modern Chinese Musicians (I)"

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Modern Chinese Musicians (I)

Date of Issue : 15 April 2012

(Top FDC)
4-1 : Xiao Youmei (蕭友梅)
Xiao Youmei (1884 - 1940), a native of Guangdong Province, was a music educator and composer. In his early years, he went to study music in Japan and Germany. He established Shanghai National Conservatory of Music. Xiao created nearly 100 songs, two cantatas, orchestral music, piano music, cello music and others. His representative works include the art song "Ask?", and songs like " A Patriotic Song In Memory of the May Fourth Movement" and "A Song for National Revolution".

(2nd FDC)
4-2 : Liu Tianhua (劉天華)
Liu Tianhua (1895 - 1932), born in Jiangsu Province, was a composer, folk-music performer and music educator. He absorbed western music techniques, as well as reforming the techniques of playing such folk music instruments as erhu, and incorporating the techniques into teaching and playing. He composed such erhu pieces as "Soliloquy of a Convalescent", "Beautiful Evening", "Bird Song in a Desolate Mountain", and "Toward Brightness".

(3rd FDC)
4-3 : He Luting (賀綠汀)
He Luting (1903 - 1999), a native of Hunan Province, was a composer and music theorist. He once studied at Shanghai National Music School. After 1949, he was appointed director of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. He composed songs for more than 20 Chinese films and dramas such as "Crossroads" and "Street Angel", and created popular songs like "The Wandering Songstress" and "Four Seasons Song". His renowned "Song of Guerrilla Fighters" during the anti-Japanese war period, the art song "On the Jialing River" and other film music became modern Chinese music classics.

(4th FDC)
4-4 : Ma Sicong (馬思聰)
Ma Sicong (1912 - 1987), born in Guangdong Province, was a modern Chinese composer and violinist. His "Nostalgia" created in 1937 became one of the 20th-century music classics. He served successfully as conductor for Taiwan Symphonic Band, headmaster of China Music School in Shanghai, and head of China Music Institute in Hong Kong. His "Song of Chinese Young Pioneers" was sung across the nation. He was reputed as the King of Violinists in China.

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