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Famous musicians in Jiangsu series——Dr. Yang Xiang “Returning to the Basic Idea of Researching in Chinese Music”

The school of music was proud to present the seminar of famous musicians in Jiangsu series, entitled “Returning to the Basic Idea of Researching in Chinese Music” by Dr. Yang Xiang. The seminar was on Friday, March 29, 2019, 9am at Chen Hong Concert Hall in Nanjing Normal University.


Yang Xiang, PhD, his research focuses on Chinese music history, musicology, ethnomusicology, archaeology of music, and so on. He had numerous publishments including books and articles in various significant journals. Dr. Xiang is currently working at the Chinese National Academy of Arts. He also severs as the main editor of the Musicology in China, the chairperson of the Chinese Musicians’ Association, and the associate director of the Musicology Committee.

Dr. Xiang opened the seminar with his experiences of collecting the folk music. He indicated that although music is ephemeral, it can be passed on to later generations because of tradition. Dr. Xiang believes that tradition is the root of the culture of a country or a society. Tradition is a long-established custom or belief that has been passed on from one generation to an other. Culture includes features that describe a society at any time. Moreover, tradition keeps people connected with their past, and the culture keeps them rooted in their current way of life. In addition, Dr. Xiang encouraged audiences to apply the logic of the music culture to do the research in Chinese music. He also introduced the differences between Li Yue and Su Yue. To aid audiences to have better understanding of the Chinese music, he discussed Yue Jing, Yue Ji, Yue Shu, Zhou li, Yi li, and Li Ji in the seminar.