Note:This thesis is part of a research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in the School of Music. The project also involved the preparation and performance of a recital of music related to the thesis topic.

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Title:A Bach phenomenon in Shangai - The implications of Zhu Xiaomei's performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations in 2014
Author(s):Liu, Shu
Advisor(s):Silvers, Michael
Contributor(s):Hobson, Ian; Robinson, Dana; Tsitsaros, Christos
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Zhu, Xiaomei
Goldberg Variations
Lao Tzu
West and East
Abstract:The first concert tour that Zhu Xiaomei (朱晓枚) undertook playing Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations in 2014 made her the center of attention in the classical music industry in China. During her subsequent concert tours covering various cities, her appearance in Shanghai made it possible for Zhu to gain the most popularity, because the city is the center of Western music in the country. Zhu also rapidly earned a reputation because of her unique style of combining Taoist philosophy with reflections on her challenging life during the Cultural Revolution, not to mention taking advantage of new trends in marketing such as Wechat, Weibo, and online social media. Zhu’s success strongly suggests that integrating Chinese culture into Western music creates more interest in the music in China.
Issue Date:2019
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Shu Liu
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-12-06

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