Beethoven in China (Penguin Specials)

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Beethoven’s music is the most frequently played of a classical composer in China today. First introduced to China in 1906, he inspired intellectuals like Lu Xun, who considered him a role model for dedication and aesthetic taste, and aspiring musicians. As a man who refused to bow to royalty, Beethoven was celebrated by the Communist Party in the early days of the revolution before he was banned for composing bourgeois music in the cultural vacuum of the 60s and 70s. After the Cultural Revolution and the death of Mao, ‘Beethoven fever’ would sweep the country, presaging his present-day popularity. Melvin and Cai explore the vicissitudes of Beethoven’s legacy in China, and the changing politics of the 20th century and its oscillating affiliation with Western classical music.

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Jindong Cai is the Gretchen B. Kimball Director of Orchestral Studies at Stanford University and the Music Director and Conductor of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra. He is the three-time recipient of the American Society of Composers and Publishers award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music. He lives in the Bay Area. Sheila Melvin has contributed to international publications like the International Herald Tribune, Caixin, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. She authored The Little Red Book of China Business, and coauthored with Jindong Cai Rhapsody in Red. She splits her time between Palo Alto, California, and Beijing.

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“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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