Evoking China

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During WQXR's Lunar New Year celebration, David Garland offers film music that brings East and West together, blending Chinese and western instruments and traditions in colorful, exciting ways.

Included are highlights from Qigang Chen's score for "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 music is by Herbert Stothart, and his score was recorded in stereo, making an unusually vivid experience of film music from that era.