Let the music play

Updated: 2012-12-28 10:26

By Mu Qian (China Daily)

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Let the music play

Gert Mortensen from Denmark and Qiao Jiajia from China collaborate to perform a Chinese percussion work Bull Fighting Tiger at the ceremony. Photos provided to China Daily

At the concerts, the Danish students will perform Chinese works such as the piano solo Autumn Moon on Calm Lake. Chinese musicians will perform both traditional Chinese works such as Dragon Boat and Horse Race, and Danish music works like Jacob Gade's Jalousie "Tango Tzigane". Musicians from both countries will collaborate to perform a Chinese percussion work Bull Fighting Tiger.

Before each concert, there will be a lecture of 30 minutes about the history and tradition of Chinese music, given by Zhang Boyu, a CCOM professor of musicology who used to study in Denmark.

"Seen from our perspective, the Central Conservatory of Music is exceptional as it has strong departments for both Western classical music and traditional Chinese music. I'm sure we can benefit from cooperating with both departments and pave the way for very interesting interactions between those different music cultures," says the Danish academy's rector Bertel Krarup.

"I feel sure that we can make Music Confucius Institute a very important cultural exchange platform and a window for us foreigners to better understand modern China."

The Music Confucius Institute is the second Confucius Institute in Copenhagen and the third in Denmark.

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Under Hanban (The Office of Chinese Language Council International), an executive body affiliated to China's Ministry of Education, Confucius Institute is devoted to enhancing the world's understanding of Chinese language and culture.

China established the first Confucius Institute in Seoul in 2004, drawing from the experiences of other countries in disseminating their native languages.

By January 2012, China has established 358 Confucius Institutes and 500 Confucius Classrooms, located in 105 countries and regions of the world.

"The Confucius Institute began to introduce Chinese language and culture to the world eight years ago, and has laid a good foundation for us to promote Chinese music," says professor Liu Yuening, director of the Music Confucius Institute office at CCOM. "I think Music Confucius Institute is one of the best platforms for promoting Chinese music."

In the past, the cultural products that China sent out were mostly acrobatics and Peking Opera, but Liu believes that after a few decades of promotion, foreign audiences are willing and ready to learn more about Chinese culture, especially music.

"From my own experience, I feel that people in many different countries want to know more about Chinese culture, through which they will understand more deeply the country," says Liu, who is a well-known yangqin (Chinese dulcimer) musician and used to be a visiting scholar at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Hungary and University of Delhi in India.

"Because music is a global language, it is easy for people from around the world to accept it."

Krarup says that both the Danish and Chinese sides must be aware of the different cultures and traditions, so that they can collaborate with each other in the long term.

"All of us have great expectations for Music Confucius Institute, and I'm sure we will all try to make it a big and lasting success," he says.

Contact the writer at muqian@chinadaily.com.cn.

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