Thesis / Dissertation

The Pipa and Zheng Topics in Chinese Solo Piano Works during the Twentieth Century (1915-1999)

Meng Qin, Melanie Plesch (ed.)

Published : 2019


This thesis focuses on discussing two important topics, pipa and zheng, in Chinese solo piano works from 1915 to 1999. During the twentieth century, Chinese composers endeavoured to combine Western composing techniques with elements taken from Chinese traditional musics. It is through their successive efforts that we see the emergence and development of the pipa and zheng topics in music for the piano. Based on the research methods of topic theory and cultural identity, this thesis analyses a number of solo piano works during 1915-99 and establishes a preliminary lexicon of the pipa and zheng topics.