Harmony as Cultural Hybrid: Reflection on the Fist Nationwide Music Theory Conference in China (Wuhan 1979)
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AbstractNotwithstanding the near monopoly of functional harmony in China since the translation of Uchebnik garmonii — the famed harmony textbook co-authored by a brigade of Soviet theorists— was launched in 1957, I argue with recourse to the proceedings of the First Conference that the escape from ‘the narrow space’ was already underway in the late 1970s.

This paper compares the harmonic approaches advocated by Sang Tong and Li Yinghai with reference to their contribution to the First Conference as documented in the proceedings. Li Yinghai’s idiosyncratic use of tertian chords and also what he referred to as functional theory to harmonize Chinese pentatonic melodies will be pitted against Sang Tong’s espousal of pentatonic harmonies.
All Author(s) ListCHEONG Wai Ling
Name of ConferenceThe 9th European Music Analysis Conference
Start Date of Conference28/06/2017
End Date of Conference01/07/2017
Place of ConferenceUniversity of Strasbourg
Country/Region of ConferenceFrance
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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