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date: 22 August 2019

Qu Xixianlocked

  • Yandi Yang

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(b Shanghai, Sept 23, 1919; d March 19, 2008). Chinese composer. From 1940 to 1948 she studied the piano and composition at the Shanghai Academy, where her teachers included Tan Xiaolin, a former pupil of Paul Hindemith and one of the founders of modern Chinese music. After graduating she taught at the Beipin (now Beijing) Arts School. In 1949 she began to compose professionally, working with the Central Song and Dance Ensemble (later the Central National Music Ensemble) and the Central Philharmonic Society. She was elected vice-chairman of the Chinese Musicians’ Association in 1985. A large proportion of Qu’s compositions are vocal. She was particularly interested in choral writing, and her keen exploration of different voice combinations resulted in some highly individual effects. Her many choral arrangements of folksongs have won praise in China.

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