"The greatest cultural asset east of Suez": the history and politics of the Shanghai Municipal Orchestra and Public Band, 1881-1946

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Abstract

This paper explores the history of the first European symphony orchestra established in China, which developed from a municipal 'Public Band' formally stated in 1879. It describes the political and cultural debates which accompanied its development, and offers a preliminary assessment of its legacies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChina and the world in the twentieth century: selected essays
Place of PublicationNankang, Taiwan
PublisherInstitute of Modern History, Academia Sinica
Pages835 - 875
Volume2
ISBN (Print)9576717639
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2001

Bibliographical note

Terms of use: Copyright Robert Bickers

Keywords

  • cultural history
  • music
  • history
  • colonialism
  • Chinese treaty ports
  • Shanghai
  • Shanghai Municipal Council
  • China

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