Place and Music: Local Opera in Shanghai, 1912–49

Jonathan P. J. Stock

in Huju

Published by British Academy

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780197262733
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734502 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

Place and Music: Local Opera in Shanghai, 1912–49

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This chapter develops the historical consideration of Shanghai opera begun in Chapter 1, looking now at huju in mid-20th-century Shanghai. Other than the appearance of female performers, in the period from approximately 1920 to 1949, there was an expansion of troupes with a concomitant increase in specialization; the rise of new performance venues and media, most obviously recorded sound and radio broadcasting; the influence of other artistic forms, such as the spoken drama and film; and changing modes of musical learning. Distinctive schools of performance were created, several of which remain significant in terms of musical style today. Discussion of these factors is enclosed within an examination of musical place.

Keywords: Shanghai opera; Chinese opera; troupes; recorded sound; radio broadcasting; musical learning; drama; film; musical place

Chapter.  24649 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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