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Huju : traditional opera in modern Shanghai

Author: Jonathan P J Stock
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Published for the British Academy by Oxford University Press, ©2003.
Series: British Academy postdoctoral fellowship monograph.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"China has over three hundred distinct styles of music drama, from exorcism theatre to farce, historical romance, and shadow puppetry. This study considers one of the newer operatic forms. Established just two centuries ago, huju (Shanghai opera), is renowned for its portrayal of ordinary people, not the emperors, courtesans, and heroes of older forms. Acting and make-up aim for realism rather than symbolism, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan P J Stock
ISBN: 0197262732 9780197262733
OCLC Number: 50494704
Description: viii, 279 pages : illustrations, maps, music ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. The rise of a local opera form in east China, up to 1920 --
History and characteristics of Chinese opera --
Dongxiang shan'ge folk song --
Ballad-singing 1 --
Huaguxi --
Ballad-singing 2: tanhuang --
Opera singers in early-twentieth-century Shanghai --
2. Female roles and the rise of actresses, 1915-c. 1950 --
Female performers, female roles, and theoretical perspectives --
Analysis of selected female roles in Shanghai opera --
Female singers and musical sound --
3. Place and music: local opera in Shanghai, 1912-49 --
Music and place: theoretical perspectives --
Institutionalization --
Cosmopolitanism --
4. Huju and the politics of revolution, post-1949 --
Huju since 1949: history --
Case studies: critical readings of three modern huju --
5. Ethnomusicological research in an urban setting --
Investigation, participation, performance: discovering huju in Shanghai --
App. 1. Teaching lineages of singers --
App. 2. Chinese-character song texts --
Names of performers, roles, and selected others --
Titles of dramas and episodes.
Series Title: British Academy postdoctoral fellowship monograph.
Responsibility: by Jonathan P.J. Stock.
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An account of Huju, a Shanghai operatic tradition which blends music and acting with portrayal of the lives of ordinary people, this study follows the genre as it develops in China's largest city  Read more...

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Jonathan Stock has made a valuable contribution to the field of Chinese music studies in particular and to musicology in general. * Music and Letters *

 
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