Evoking China, Part Two

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

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":

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Comments [1]

robin from Greenwich Village

Beautiful. There is such grace and simplicity in the acting with weight like a traditional noh play and masks like an ancient greek story. The meeting of East and West, a treatise from 1946, by the professor of Philosophy from Yale, F.S.C Northrop brought to the fore a world understanding and Global art philosophy. Much like Martha Grahams dances, this video shows where she ends and where then Erik Hawkins brought it to the next level making pure performance. what great historical significance this film is.

Jan. 28 2012 06:24 AM

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