ZHANG, Hongxia

MMus University of Auckland 2013 Pages: 109

The evolution of national vocal music in the People's Republic of China

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Link to Thesis: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/20275

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This thesis investigates the evolution of what is referred to as “Chinese national (minzu) singing” after the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. The new political regime brought a series of social changes that had a major impact on musical development. The new PRC government first established music schools inspired by Western music conservatories. It soon became apparent, however, that a training system for Chinese minzu singing had to be instituted in these schools and developed as a particular singing genre for China, which at that time featured a spectrum of traditional techniques and regional practices. After a period of stagnation in the development of minzu voice teaching during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), Voice Professor Jin Tielin at the China Conservatory of Music in the early 1980s began adapting European bel canto voice techniques to Chinese minzu voice and constructed the most successful Chinese minzu voice training system the country has seen...

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