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The Joy of Classical Music

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The Joy of Classical Music – Ep 42 - 26-02-2024( 0:58:28)       
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This episode is all about China and to quote Chinese American pianist and academic Hao Huang: “Western classical music wasn’t introduced to the Chinese public until Christian missionaries came in the 19th century, but it quickly gained popularity and prestige as a symbol of the Western “culture of scientific progress and modernisation.” The rigours of classical training fit the Confucian value of self-cultivation through self-discipline. Confucius believed that the study of music was “an indispensable way to train the mind,” and considered it more important than mathematics and writing. Hau Huang goes on to note that 36 million Chinese children are currently studying Western classical music traditions, that’s 6 times the number of American children and wonders if the future of Western Classical music might just be in the hands of Asian musicians. Featured Composers: Xian Xinghai Zhou Long Tan Dun Qigang Chen Zhu Jian
Published: 26/02/2024 10:00:00 p.m.