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‘Recomposing’ unpublished Chinese folk songs into new Australian compositions for pipa and piano

Grenfell, M ORCID: 0000-0002-3304-0821 and Deng, S ORCID: 0000-0002-0489-2953 2017 , '‘Recomposing’ unpublished Chinese folk songs into new Australian compositions for pipa and piano' , Context: A Journal of Music Research, vol. 42 , pp. 37-52 .

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In 2010, pianist Shan Deng, her father Wei Deng,1 a pipa specialist, and composer Maria Grenfell embarked upon a musical project to amalgamate their practice-led research. Collaborating as composer and performers in the composition of Five Songs from the East—a new work for pipa and piano—using material sourced from some unpublished Chinese folk songs, the central aims of the project were to ‘recompose’ selected songs, write a composition that fused the composer’s current style with musical elements present in these folk songs, and combine a Western musical instrument with a Chinese instrument in a new work. The compositions were not conceived as appropriation of Chinese material; rather, the composer wished to create new Australian music directly informed by collaboration with Chinese musicians trained in both Western and Chinese performing traditions.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Grenfell, M and Deng, S
Keywords: music, composition, pipa, piano
Journal or Publication Title: Context: A Journal of Music Research
Publisher: The University of Melbourne
ISSN: 1038-4006
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Copyright 2017 Maria Grenfell and Shan Deng

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