9780810852969

Chou Wen-Chung The Life and Work of a Contemporary Chinese-Born American Composer

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  • ISBN13:

    9780810852969

  • ISBN10:

    0810852969

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-02-09
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press
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Summary

A comprehensive account of the life of composer Chou Wen-Chung, including biographical information, cultural and musical analysis of his approach and compositions, and ethnomusicological insights.

Author Biography

Peter M. Chang is associate professor of music at Northeastern Illinois University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi
Chapter 1 Prologue 1(10)
Chou Wen-Chung's Position in Contemporary American Music
1(2)
Elements in Chou's Compositional Style
3(2)
External Factors Contributing to Chou's Success in the West
5(6)
Chapter 2 A Biographic Sketch of Chou Wen-Chung 11(38)
The Chou Family (1890's-1927)
11(5)
Domestic Turmoil and Travel (1927-1937)
16(4)
Escalation of the War and Journey to the Southwest (1941-1945)
20(2)
Boston and the Road to Music (1946-1954)
22(2)
New York and Varese (1949-1954)
24(5)
Relearning and Interpreting One's Own Tradition (1954-1959)
29(4)
Compositional Maturity and Recognitions (1960's)
33(5)
An Active Promoter of Cultural Exchange (1970's–present)
38(11)
Chapter 3 Chou's Works of the 1940's and 1950's 49(38)
Landscapes (1949)
50(5)
All in the Spring Wind (1952-1953)
55(3)
And the Fallen Petals (1954)
58(7)
In the Mode of Shang (1956)
65(2)
Two Miniatures from T' ang Dynasty (1957)
67(1)
Soliloquy of a Bhiksuni (1958)
68(2)
Willows Are New (1957) and To a Wayfarer (1958)
70(9)
Chou's Vocal Works
79(8)
Chapter 4 Chou's Works of the 1960's 87(30)
Metaphors (1960-1961)
89(5)
Cursive (1963)
94(4)
The Dark and the Light (1964)
98(2)
Riding the Wind (1964)
100(1)
Yu ko (1965)
100(5)
Pien (1966)
105(4)
Yun (1969)
109(8)
Chapter 5 Chou's Works of the 1980's and 1990's 117(40)
Beijing in the Mist (1986)
118(2)
Echoes from the Gorge (1989)
120(8)
Windswept Peaks (1989-1990)
128(13)
Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra (1990)
141(10)
String Quartet Clouds (1996)
151(6)
Chapter 6 The Reception of Chou's Works 157(22)
The Stokowski-Varese Circle and the Promotion of Chou's Early Works
159(1)
Background of Western Interest in Chinese Arts
160(1)
The U.S. Listening Public
161(1)
Background of the Chinese Audience
161(2)
Reception of Chou's Works in Taiwan
163(2)
Reception of Chou's Works in Hong Kong
165(1)
Reception of Chou's Works in Chinese Communities in the United States
165(1)
Reception of Landscapes in the United States
166(1)
Performances of And the Fallen Petals in the United States, Europe, and Japan
167(1)
Western Reviews of And the Fallen Petals
168(2)
Comparing Western and Chinese Views of And the Fallen Petals
170(9)
Chapter 7 Background of Chinese Approaches To Musical Synthesis 179(16)
Western Techniques as Backbone for Musical Synthesis
180(4)
Chinese Materials as Backbone for Synthesis
184(3)
A New Approach to Synthesis During the Cultural Revolution 1966-1976
187(1)
Chou's Impact on Contemporary Chinese Music of the Post-Mao Era
188(2)
Chou's Individualistic Approach to Musical Synthesis
190(5)
Chapter 8 Epilogue 195(14)
Wenren: The Essence of a Tradition
195(1)
Interpreting Chou's Approach to Musical Fusion
196(13)
Appendix A: List of Chou Wen-Chung's Works 209(6)
Appendix B: Discography of Chou Wen-Chung's Works 215(4)
Appendix C: Performance Chronology of And the Fallen Petals 219(2)
Bibliography 221(14)
Index 235(6)
About the Author 241

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