The school of music was proud to present the 14th seminar of famous musicians in Jiangsu series, entitled “The Notation and Transcription of Chinese Music” by Dr. Zhentao Zhang. The seminar was on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, from 14:00-16:00 at Chen Hong Concert Hall in Nanjing Normal University. The secretary, dean, directors, professors, and students of the school of music all participated in this seminar.
The seminar was divided into two parts: the history of the Chinese notations and the introduction of the Chinese scores. Dr. Zhang introduced both Western and Chinese notation systems and pointed out the deficiency of the Chinese notation, which is missing the rhythm in the Chinese scores. However, he indicated that the rhythm is presented in the other way. The traditional Chinese music applies the drum to control the rhythm. In other words, the symbol of the rhythm is transmitting by sound instead of witting on the paper. Moreover, despite of the notation, oral teaching is a significant way of inheriting the Chinese music. At the second part of the seminar, Dr. Zhang discussed three important Chinese notations: Jian Zi Notation, Gongche Notation, and Lu Lu Notation. He taught audiences how to read these scores. In addition, Dr. Zhang explained how researchers discovered and organized these notations. He also shared his experiences of collecting the music scores from the countrysides.
At the end of the seminar, there was a discussion section. Dr. Zhang answered the questions and exchanged the academic experiences with all audiences. He suggested all scholars to record the folk music with its original form without altering. Moreover, applying the technology, such as camera recording, is a useful and helpful method of conserving the important music resources.
Written by I-Hsuan Tsai / Photo by Huangshu Sun