Evoking China, Part Two

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Concluding WQXR's China in New York festival, David Garland offers more film music that brings together East and West, blending Chinese and Western instruments and traditions in colorful, exciting ways.

Included are highlights from Qigang Chen's score for the current "The Flowers Of War," Zhao Jiping's Peking Opera-inspired music for "Raise the Red Lantern," plus stirring music from a peculiar Hollywood artifact: the 1944 film "Dragon Seed," which starred a non-Asian cast--including Katherine Hepburn--in Asian roles. The fine music is by Herbert Stothart, and his score was recorded in stereo, making an unusually vivid experience of film music from that era.

Watch the trailer for "Dragon Seed":