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Barbarian Pipes and Strings: 4th International CHIME Conference
Heidelberg, October 1998

BARBARIAN PIPES AND STRINGS 2,000 years of cross-cultural influences in the music of China 4th International CHIME Conference Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg, Hauptstraße 242, 69117 Heidelberg 1-4 Oct. 1998
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1. GENERAL INFORMATION COME AND JOIN US! To our great pleasure, over seventy participants have so far agreed to attend the forthcoming conference and we are expecting many more registrations. If you are planning to come but have not made arrangements for your accommodation in Heidelberg yet, please do so at your earliest convenience (see the list of hotels below). Reduced fees and pre-registration for the meeting are possible until 10 September. (We have extended the deadline. For further information see below.) This will easily become the most ambitious of our international meetings since 1991. It is going to be a very lively event, which hopefully prolongs the inspiring and homely atmosphere of the Geneva, Rotterdam and Leiden conferences, while offering a still wider range of musical and academic activities. PROGRAMME Our programme features some 40 papers, four concerts, an art exhibition, and a series of video presentations which includes unique footage of theatrical, ritual and shamanistic performances from local cultures in Tibet, and Qinghai. These recent materials have not been shown outside China before. Some document hitherto undescribed exorcist rituals and music practices. PAPERS and PANEL In our paper sessions we will pay attention to phenomena of cross-cultural exchange, contacts between China and the West, tribal and regional music, changes in Chinese theatre and instrumental music, and the world of new Chinese music. We have also included a panel discussion on the significance of nationalism for the composition of Chinese music at the brink of the 21st century. We are proud to be assured of the full co-operation and personal presence of Chinese composers like Hsu Tsang-houei, Luo Zhongrong, Lam Bun-Ching and Qu Xiaosong. CONCERTS Our concerts feature several guqin and pipa performances (with a mix of ancient and new pieces), while more traditional instruments and some free improvisations can be heard in the closing concert. New Chinese music is highlighted in two evening concerts with members of the Heidelberg Philharmonic and the Ensemble Plus Percussion. The concerts will include major works by Tan Dun, Guo Wenjing, Qian Nanzhang, Mo Wuping, Lam Bun-Ching, Qu Xiaosong and others. The concert of chamber music with the Heidelberg Philharmonic will include two world premiers especially commissioned for this occasion: a composition for voices, two guqin and Western instruments on poetry by Bo Juyi by German composer Stefan Hakenberg and an ensemble work by Chinese composer Lei Liang, currently based in Boston. Thomas Kalb, conductor of the Heidelberg Philharmonic and well-known for conceiving the 'Heidelberg Spring' music-festival has put together renowned soloists from his orchestra for a performance of music by the Chinese Avantgarde. The distinguished cellist Reimund Korupp will feature as the soloist in Qu Xiaosong's Motionless Water, and he will join the Ensemble Plus Percussion in Tan Dun's Snow in June. Soprano Brigitte Gellner will perform in Guo Wenjing's Elegy and Qu Xiaosong's Mist. Among the excellent Chinese musicians who will contribute to both the traditional and the new music concerts are Gao Hong (pipa), Dai Xiaolian and Cheng Gongliang (qin). EXHIBITION We look forward to the exhibition of musical paintings by Luo Zheng, the son of veteran composer Luo Zhongrong. While Luo Zheng is considered a mentally handicapped person, for whom it is very difficult to communicate with his environment, his musical paintings, in which he evokes masterpieces by Mahler, Stravinsky, Ligeti, Webern as well as by Chinese composers, demonstrates his extraordinary artistic talent and musical sensitivity. For a long period, many of his music paintings featured on the back covers of the journal People's Music (Renmin yinyue). We expect to be able to welcome Luo Zheng in person, as a guest of honour in our Heidelberg meeting! ========================================================== 2. PRE-REGISTRATION If you have not registered yet, please save costs by registering now. We have extended pre-registration until 10 September 1998. This is the definitive deadline for reduced payments! Note that lunches and dinners are not included in the conference price. The pre-registration-fee does include free entrance to all the concerts and the exhibition. You can send a cheque made out to "Unikasse-Chime Konferenz-Sinologisches Seminar" to: Dr. Barbara Mittler, Sinologisches Seminar der Universität Heidelberg, Akademiestr.4-8, 69 117 Heidelberg, Germany. Or send a transfer to the following account: Unikasse 21911 BLZ 67250020 at Bezirkssparkasse Heidelberg, marking it "Chime-Sinologisches Seminar, Kap. 1412, Titel 11186, BA 1294. Please note that all bank charges are your own responsibility. You can arrange this by indicating on your payment: "ohne Belastung für den Empfänger" (i.e. no bank charges for the recipient). Pre-Registration Fees On site registration fees CHIME Members with valid student ID DM 115 DM 145 CHIME Members all others DM 135 DM 165 Nonmembers with valid student ID DM 155 DM 185 Nonmembers all others DM 175 DM 205 (CHIME Members are people who have subscribed to (and paid for) the CHIME Journal for 1998. Please note that nonmember rates automatically include a subscription to the CHIME journal for 1998, that is: if you are not a member yet, you will become one by participating in the conference.) Don't forget to fill in the pre-registration address slip below. ------------------------------------------------------------------- PREREGISTRATION 4TH CHIME: BARBARIAN PIPES AND STRINGS (Closes 10 September 1998) Name: Street: City: Country: Phone: Fax: email: Institutional affiliation: Participates: ---- full period ----- 1 / 2 / 3 days only (Send this slip to Barbara Mittler at Heidelberg University) ========================================================== IV. PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME THURSDAY 1 October 15.00 h: Arrival, registration, drinks 16.30 h - 19.00 h: SESSION 1. BARBARIAN PIPES AND STRINGS: A BIRD'S EYE VIEW Ulrike Middendorf Dancing to Another Tune: or Why Cai Yong Refused to 'Make his Retribution' Magdalene v. Dewall The Sheng and its origins Kevin Stuart VIDEO: Amdo Tibetan Water-Deity Entertainment Ritual François Picard Catholic Spiritual Songs in Chinese from 18th Century Beijing DISCUSSION Rachel Harris Wang Luobin: Folksong King of the Northwest, or Song Thief ? Christian Utz From Fake to Recreation - Tan Dun's Approach to Music Theatre Hsu Tsang-houei Composing Tradition DISCUSSION 19.00 h: DINNER 21.00 h: CONCERT OF QIN MUSIC Dai Xiaolian (Shanghai) Traditional pieces and one new work by Xu Guohua Cheng Gongliang (Nanjing) Traditional pieces and improvisations FRIDAY 2 October 9.00 h - 11.00h: SESSION 2. GUQIN IN TRANSITION Liu Jingshu The Daoist view of Music and its Impact on Qin Music Julian Joseph Yi Qiao - The Reconstruction of an Ancient Qin Melody Frank Kouwenhoven New Music of Great Antiquity - Five Decades of Qin Playing on Records DISCUSSION Dai Xiaolian A Study of Meihua San Nong (Three Variations of the Plum Blossom Tune) Cheng Gongliang The process of transcribing guqin scores DISCUSSION 11.00 h: COFFEE & TEA 11.30 h: OPENING OIL PAINTINGS EXHIBITION LUO ZHENG Eckhard Schneider Music and texture in the paintings of Luo Zheng Heidelberg String Quartet Luo Zhongrong - String Quartet no.2 12.30 h: LUNCH 14.00 h - 18.00 h: SESSION 3. THEATRE AND RITUAL IN CHINA (1) Martin Gieselmann Experimental Theatre in Taiwan Jonathan Stock Reform in Huju: Shanghai Traditional Opera in the Late-Twentieth Century Isabelle Henrion Traditional Tibetan Opera (Lhamo) and its current forms under the People's Republic of China's Regime DISCUSSION Isabelle Henrion VIDEO: Lhamo: selected highlights of traditional Tibetan opera in the Tibetan Autonomous Region 15.30 h - 16.00 h: COFFEE & TEA Barbara Mittler To be or not to be - Making and Unmaking the Yangbanxi (Model Works) Stefanie Ahlborn How dangerous is Chinese Opera? The discourse under the Qianlong Emperor DISCUSSION Alan Kagan Aural Imagery of Suona in Ritual Theatre Tan Hwee-San Caigu, Buddhist ritual specialists in the Minnan area (Fujian) DISCUSSION 18.00 h: DINNER 20.30 h: CONCERT: CIRCLE WITH VARIATIONS Members of the Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Kalb. With Dai Xiaolian and Cheng Gongliang, guqin, Qu Xiaosong, voice. Chamber and Ensemble Works by Stefan Hakenberg, Mo Wuping, Tan Dun,Lei Liang, Guo Wenjing, Qu Xiaosong and others. SATURDAY 3 October 9.00 h -10.00 h: SESSION 4. THEATRE AND RITUAL IN CHINA (2) Kevin Stuart VIDEO: Amdo Tibetan Winter Bon Ritual Zhu Yongzhong VIDEO: Village Festival Traditions of the Mangghuer in the Minhe Region in eastern Qinghai DISCUSSION 10.00 h - 12.30h.: SESSION 5. CONTEMPORARY COMPOSITION IN E.ASIA (1) Luciana Galliano Contemporary Composition in East Asia Hsiao-Yun Kung The Music of Composer Jiang Wenye Liu Ching-chih Copying, Imitating and Transplanting - A Study of the Development of New Music in China DISCUSSION 11.15 - 11.45 h: COFFEE & TEA Steen, Andreas The Visual Dimension of Music: On the Advertising of Gramophone Companies, Records, Music Journals in the Republican Period, 1911-1949 Jeroen de Kloet 'Let Him Fucking See the Green Smoke Beneath My Groin' - The Mythology of Chinese Rock DISCUSSION 12.30 h: LUNCH 14.00 h - 15.15 h: SESSION 6. CONTEMPORARY COMPOSITION IN E.ASIA (2) Hu Xiao Music for Chinese Traditional Instruments Today: New Works, New Meanings Nancy Yunhwa Rao The Question of Language in the Integration of Beijing Opera and Contemporary Music: An Analysis of Poéme Lyrique II (1991) Miriam von Wrochem Chinese Composers at Home and Abroad. Contrasting Developments Since the Late 1980s: Guo Wenjing and Chen Xiaoyong. DISCUSSION 15.15 - 15.45 h: COFFEE & TEA 15.45 h-16.45 h: PANEL: BARBARIAN OR INDIGENOUS PIPES AND STRINGS ? A Round Table Discussion about Chinese Music and Nationalism on the Brink of the 21st Century. With Alexander Knapp (Chair), Frank Kouwenhoven, Barbara Mittler, Lam Bun-Ching, Qu Xiaosong, Hsu Tsang-Houei and Rudolf Wagner. 16.45 h - 18.15 h: SESSION 7. CULTURE AND IDENTITY Alexander Knapp The State of Research into Jewish Music in China in the 1990s Mercedes M.Dujunco From Outsider to Insider: Chinese Identity in Guangdong Hakka Music Zhu Yongzhong VIDEO: Love dialogue songs in Qinghai Province Michael Puett Music, Cosmology and the State: Narratives on the Invention of Music in Early China DISCUSSION 18.15 h: DINNER 20.30 h: CONCERT: SNOW IN JUNE! Percussion Music by the Chinese Avant Garde. With Brigitte Geller, Sopran, Reimund Korupp, Cello and Plus Percussion Works by Qu Xiaosong, Lam Bun-Ching, Guo Wenjing, Qian Nanzhang and Tan Dun. SUNDAY 4 October 9.00 h - 11.00 h: SESSION 8. PIPA IN TRANSITION Paul Dice & Gao Hong Master Lin Shicheng and the Pudong School Eric Lai Taming the Lute: the Pipa as Icon of Cultural Synthesis in New Chinese Music Lam Bunching From 'Run' to 'Sudden Thunder': transformations of a pipa composition Cheng Yu Images of the Pipa - Issues of Assimilation, Sinicization and Modernization of a Once Foreign Lute DISCUSSION 11.00 h - 11.30 h: COFFEE &TEA 11.30 h - 12.15 h: SESSION 9. CHINA SEEN THROUGH "BARBARIAN" EYES Hermann-Josef Röllicke The original Chinese poems in Der Abschied, the final movement of Mahler's Lied von der Erde Joachim Steinheuer Pagodas in European Compositions DISCUSSION 12.15 h: CLOSING REMARKS 12.30 h: LUNCH 14.00 h: CLOSING CONCERT: THE LORE OF THE CHINESE LUTE Traditional Chinese music and new improvisations for pipa, qin and zheng, with Dai Xiaolian, Cheng Gongliang, Gao Hong and other Chinese masters. Barbara Mittler Institute of Chinese Studies University of Heidelberg Akademiestr.4-8 69117 Heidelberg Germany Tel. +49 6221 547657 Fax. +49 6221 547639