Pianos and Politics in China: Middle-Class Ambitions and the Struggle over Western Music

Hardcover | February 1, 1993

byRichard Curt Kraus

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In China, a nation where the worlds of politics and art are closely linked, Western classical music was considered during the cultural revolution to be an imperialist intrusion, in direct conflict with the native aesthetic. In this revealing chronicle of the relationship between music andpolitics in twentieth-century China, Richard Kraus examines the evolution of China's ever-changing disposition towards European music and demonstrates the steady westernization of Chinese music. Placing China's cultural conflicts in global perspective, he traces the lives of four Chinese musiciansand reflects on how their experiences are indicative of China's place at the furthest edge of an expanding Western international order.

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This book presents the story of China's urban middle class and its music through biographies of four Chinese musicians whose careers embody the contradictions of China's response to Western Culture.

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In China, a nation where the worlds of politics and art are closely linked, Western classical music was considered during the cultural revolution to be an imperialist intrusion, in direct conflict with the native aesthetic. In this revealing chronicle of the relationship between music andpolitics in twentieth-century China, Richard Kra...

Richard Curt Kraus is at University of Oregon.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:308 pages, 8.54 × 5.87 × 0.98 inPublished:February 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195058364

ISBN - 13:9780195058369

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This book presents the story of China's urban middle class and its music through biographies of four Chinese musicians whose careers embody the contradictions of China's response to Western Culture.

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"Kraus shows that through the shifting interpretations of Western classical piano music in the PRC one can trace deep cultural attitudes, political swings, intellectual change, and relationships to modernization. Kraus has pulled it all together with major case studies that are thorough,accurate and incredibly interesting. His study gives us a rich, original view of life under CCP cultural control."--Jonathan Spence, Yale University