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Revisiting Tong Dik-sang − Talks cum Demonstration Performances

Venue Date & Time Price
Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum

Speaker: Yu Siu-wah (Associate Professor, Department of Music, Chinese University of Hong Kong)


23.2.2013 (Sat)

Recreating the imaginative world of Tang Dynasty romantic fantasies: two excerpts from The Story of the Purple Hairpin  

The instrumentation of two excerpt highlights of the Chinese Opera, The Story of the Purple HairpinWhen the Sword and the Hairpin Reunite and A Chance Encounter with the Chivalrous Swordsman – carries distinct period features of Chinese music of the 1950s and 60s.  This talk will discuss how such instrumentation creates the dramatic effects and how the two pieces of music structurally fit into the plot movement, resulting in a highly successful imaginative world within a historical context. We shall see how Tong Tik-sang uses his dramatic and musical acumen to the full.


3.3.2013 (Sun)

Heightening Drama through Music: two excerpts from Princess Changping

It is no exaggeration to say that the theme of the Cantonese Opera, Princess Changping, is about death. To put it in a nutshell, it is a story about two ‘shows’ of death enacted by Princess Changping of the fallen Ming regime and her consort, Zhou Shixian. This talk will cite some of the tunes and set tunes in the two excerpts from the repertoire – Reunion in the Nunnery and The Final Recognition – as examples of Tong Tik-sang’s theatrical genius in giving them a new lease of life in both a dramatic and a musical context.


Conducted in Cantonese

Speaker & Performer


Yu Siu-wah (Associate Professor, Department of Music, Chinese University of Hong Kong)



Ling Yan, Chan Chak-lui, Leung Wai-hong (23/2)



Percussion: Leung Yun-tim

Huqin: Yu Siu-wah

Pipa: Ho Kang-ming

Guzheng: Yau Oi-man

Dongxiao & dizi: Chan Chi-chun

Programme Length

Running Time: Approx. 1 hrs 30mins


$60 per talk (free seating)

Tickets available from 23 January onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Telephone Credit Card Booking

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis)


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The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary
The contents of this programme do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department


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