Xu Yuanyong, the dean of music school in Nanjing Normal University was invited by the Academic Council of Central Conservatory of Music to give a lecture on December 22 in Beijing, the theme of which is Ritual & Music, Politics, ethos, the ancient musical books and its significance for contemporary society.
The lecture was hosted by Wang Xinhua, the deputy director of research department. Teachers and students from faculties of music education, opera and musicology attended the lecture.
Prof. Xu analyzed the subject from the following four parts: first of all, people should learn for themselves, not for utility; secondly, The hundred schools of thoughts are all have music monographs; thirdly, Ritual showed a person’s morality, ethics, and cultivation while music manifested the emotions, spirits and desires; lastly, people should keep studying throughout lifetime in order to serve our country.
Considering the audiences’ different academic backgrounds, Prof. Xu dealt with the subject with simple but profound words that won high praises.
According to Prof. Xu, history means the things that have past passed--past things. Since history is a fact that can't be copied, people should show respect to it. The people concerned record the history of that time, which became books for the later generations to refer to. The historical books are deeply branded by the spirits of the writers. The history researchers should learn from history for the present use. One's concepts should advance with the times. These words show his encouragement to the students, in the hope that they will be of great use to our country. Besides, it's his interpretation of Ritual & Music, Politics, ethos, the ancient musical books and its significance for contemporary society.