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‘Recomposing’ unpublished Chinese folk songs into new Australian compositions for pipa and piano


Grenfell, M and Deng, S, Recomposing' unpublished Chinese folk songs into new Australian compositions for pipa and piano, Context: A Journal of Music Research, 42 pp. 37-52. ISSN 1038-4006 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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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in the composition of Five Songs from the East—a new work for pipa and piano—using material sourced from some unpublished Chinese folk songs, the central aims of the project were to ‘recompose’ selected songs, write a composition that fused the composer’s current style with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.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:music, composition, pipa, piano
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Music
Research Field:Musicology and ethnomusicology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The performing arts
UTAS Author:Grenfell, M (Associate Professor Maria Grenfell)
UTAS Author:Deng, S (Ms Shan Deng)
ID Code:123979
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2018-02-05
Last Modified:2018-05-18

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