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Type: Theses
Title: Performing Chinese contemporary art song: a portfolio of recordings and exegesis
Author: Chang, Qing (Lily)
Issue Date: 2018
School/Discipline: Elder Conservatorium of Music
Abstract: This performance-based research project surveys Chinese contemporary art song from 1976 to the present, as represented in the work of four composers: Shi Guangnan (1940–1990), Lu Zaiyi (b. 1943), Shang Deyi (b. 1932), and Zheng Qiufeng (b. 1931). The songs, which are grouped into five categories according to their content – patriotic, nature, narrative, love and friendship – are documented, analysed and performed. A particular focus is placed on the interpretation and performance of musical elements that cannot be captured in notation, for example the use of certain vocal ornaments to emulate the four tones of Chinese pronunciation. The submission comprises four CD recordings and a 15,000-word exegesis. A short English commentary is delivered before each song on the CDs so that the listener is able to grasp its content. The interpretation of the songs is informed by consultations and interviews with the composers still living. The recordings provide guidance in the interpretation of this repertoire, and an enhanced understanding of the operatic style at the heart of Chinese art song. The study fills a gap in the knowledge of Chinese contemporary art song theory and practice.
Advisor: Whittington, Stephen Charles
Coaldrake, Kimi
Dissertation Note: Thesis (Ph.D.) -- University of Adelaide, Elder Conservatorium of Music, 2018.
Keywords: Chinese art song
vocal techniques
vocal style
musical characteristics
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DOI: 10.25909/5b99eed223525
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