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Beethoven in China: How the Great Composer Became an Icon in the People's Republic

Jindong Cai Sheila Melvin

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Penguin
31 August 2015
Music; Western "classical" music; Social & cultural history
At the turn of the twentieth century, students returning from abroad brought Beethoven to China. The composer's perseverance in the face of adversity and his musical genius resonated in a young nation searching for a way forward. Beethoven remained a durable part of Chinese life in the decades that followed, proving a remarkable chameleon; an icon to reformers, intellectuals, music fans and party cadres alike, playing a role in major historical events from the May Fourth Movement to the normalisation of US-China relations.
By:   Jindong Cai, Sheila Melvin
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 183mm,  Width: 124mm,  Spine: 11mm
Weight:   100g
ISBN:   9780734399526
ISBN 10:   0734399529
Series:   Penguin Specials
Pages:   142
Publication Date:   31 August 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Beethoven in China: How the Great Composer Became an Icon in the People's Republic

Moser s love of this language, the product of decades of committee meetings and infighting, shines through in his lively narration of Putonghua s coalescence. Los Angeles Review of Books


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