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  • Inventing Tradition: The Influence of Chou Wen-chung's Compositional Aesthetic and the Development of New Wave Composition
  • Berg, Lindsay A.
  • English
  • Chou Wen-chung
    New Wave
    Compositional Synthesis
  • Jan 10, 2012 3:54 PM
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  • Chou Wen-chung's innovative compositional synthesis has garnered significant acclaim. His contributions have revitalized and transformed Chinese and Western composition. However, a critical assessment of the construction of Chou's compositional method remains to be seen. This study will argue that Chou's success is due to his exemplification of an 'inventor of tradition,' as propounded in Eric Hobsbawm's The Invention of Tradition (1992). Chou cites his Confucian heritage and his incorporation of wenren and qin artistic aesthetics in order to authenticate his invented tradition. However, Chou's tradition becomes problematic upon its dissemination. In 1978 Chou returned to China and initiated the New Wave movement among Chinese composers. However, Chou has been critical of New Wave works of intercultural synthesis, which is problematic in that his criticisms are based on his selective and 'high brow' method of compositional synthesis. This study will investigate the remarkable value and inconsistencies of Chou's musical synthesis.
  • Master's
  • Master of Arts
  • Department of History and Classics
  • History
  • Spring 2012
  • Dunch, Ryan (History and Classics)
  • Smith, Robert W.(History and Classics)
    Dunch, Ryan (History and Classics)
    Jay, Jennifer (History and Classics)
    Bashaw, Howard (Music)

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