Cultural Interactions in an Asian Context

J. Lawrence Witzleben

in Performing Ethnomusicology

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780520238749
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937178 | DOI:
Cultural Interactions in an Asian Context

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This chapter addresses the study of musical performance and related questions through a case study of the Chinese and Javanese ensemble classes in the Chinese University of Hong Kong's music department. It details a period when Chinese music occupied a visible but ambiguous position during a Western dominated system. Since the 1970s, the Chinese University music department offered courses in Chinese music history and music literature, and employed three or four full-time faculty members specializing in Chinese music. Within this environment, the few students majoring in Chinese music naturally felt marginalized, and the establishment of a Chinese ensemble as a course for which credit was offered in the early 1990s was a major step toward improving their prestige within the department and the university community. Later this chapter discusses the author's association and experiences with Chinese ensemble and Javanese gamelan as a student and as a teacher.

Keywords: cultural interactions; Chinese music; music literature; Chinese ensemble; Javanese ensemble

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Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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