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Performing EthnomusicologyTeaching and Representation in World Music Ensembles$
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Ted Solis

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520238749

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520238749.001.0001

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Cultural Interactions in an Asian Context

Cultural Interactions in an Asian Context

Chinese and Javanese Ensembles in Hong Kong

(p.138) Chapter 7 Cultural Interactions in an Asian Context
Performing Ethnomusicology

J. Lawrence Witzleben

University of California Press

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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