Musical Modernism in Asia

Authored by: Frederick Lau

The Modernist World

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  June  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415845038
eBook ISBN: 9781315778334
Adobe ISBN: 9781317696162


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This chapter takes as its assumption that uniform expressions and articulations of modernism do not exist in Asian music. Anyone familiar with scholarly work on modernism and modernity knows that there is no consensus on its meaning and manifestation. Furthermore, the question of what modernism means in Asia is difficult to answer since we are dealing with a vast region that is further subdivided into East, Southeast, South, and Central Asia, each with its own unique history, culture, politics, and social sentiments. Given this challenge, this overview is not meant to be comprehensive, chronological, or definitive. Instead, I will identify salient features of musical modernism drawn from countries across Asia without treating Asia as a monolithic geo-cultural entity.

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