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Chinese Music Lecture Series by Tse Chun-yan
Speaker: Tse Chun-yan (Conducted in Cantonese)


12-26 September 2012
 (Every Weds, 3 lectures in total)

Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum

Each Lecture: $50 (Free Seating)

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The guqin is long associated with the literati tradition of China.  It has a history of more than two millennia, and has continued to change with the social and cultural conditions as well as the development of Chinese music over time.  This series of lectures will discuss the various facets of Chinese music with reference to the guqin.

Each lecture will feature performers, composers or academics who will give demonstrations and participate in the discussions.



The Guqin and Chinese Ancient Music Down the Ages

Guests: Yu Mei-lai (Vocal)* and Ng Ying-wai (Guqin)

Information on Chinese ancient music mainly consisted of archives, that is, textual materials, and there is a dearth of audio material.  Music scores from the past were nonexistent in many of the musical genres, but the guqin is an exception.  Many of the extant ancient guqin scores date back to as far as the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). Notations by contemporary qin players allow the audience today to ‘hear’ how they sound.  This would enhance their understanding of ancient Chinese music.

*By kind permission of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra.



The Guqin and the Kuyin, the ‘Melancholy Tone’

Guests: Ho Kang-ming (Pipa), To Wing (Huqin), Chan Kwok-fai (Zheng), Yiu Shek-on, John (Guqin)

The kuyin (the ‘melancholy tone’), also known as yifan mode, is a system in Chinese music popularly found in Guangdong, Chaozhou and Shaanxi, distinguished by its vernacular charm. Research has found that some of the guqin music of the Qing period also used notes that were similar to the kuyin. This challenges the traditional concept of a great divide between the ‘patrician’ and the ‘plebeian’ genres in Chinese music.  At the same time, it also throws light on our understanding of its usage in the olden days.



The Guqin and the Development of Chinese Music in the World Today

Guests: Yu Siu-wah (Academic), Tang Lok-yin (Composer), Wang Youdi (Guqin)

Chinese music has undergone drastic changes in our time, and there have been many new works representing different styles.  The performing formats, the construction of instruments, the register etc., have also seen tremendous changes.  Although its long history might have come to bear, the guqin has managed to change with the times.  But is the music in its flavour?  This phenomenon will be discussed in this lecture.


Please refer to Chinese version for details.
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Programme Length
Running time of each talk is about 1 hour 30 minutes.
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Tickets available from 13 August onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone 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).

10% off for each purchase of 4-9 standard tickets; 15% off for 10-19 standard tickets; 20% off for 20 or more standard tickets.

Patrons can enjoy one of the above discount schemes for each purchase.  Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.

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The contents of this programme do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

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Venue Information

Hong Kong Space Museum      
10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Enquiries: 2721 0226

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