Reference Entry

Chen Peixun

Jonathan P.J. Stock

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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[Chan Pui-fang]

(b Hong Kong, Dec 7, 1921). Chinese composer. After studying music privately for a year in London (1937), he returned to Hong Kong as a music teacher. He studied in Shanghai (1939–41) then took teaching posts across China. In 1949 he became a professor of composition and orchestration at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, and in 1980 moved to a similar post in the Hong Kong Baptist College.

Chen’s output includes piano solos and orchestral works. His Symphony no.2 ‘Qingming ji’, commemorating those who perished in the Cultural Revolution, received a prize in a national contest in 1981. A representative example of modern Chinese symphonic writing, its colourfully orchestrated pentatonic themes create a picturesque image reminiscent of film music, and there are echoes of the French Impressionist style current during Chen’s youth and of the folk-inflected style of Bartók. Chen has also done much to encourage the use of Cantonese folktunes in the composition of art music, and several of his arrangements of these have achieved considerable popularity in China....

Reference Entry.  226 words. 

Subjects: Contemporary Music

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