The Construction of National Identity through the Creation of the National Singing Method in China

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The research aims at examining the creation of National Singing Method in modern China. It particularly focuses on the interaction between Western-trained professional musicians’ embrace of 𝘣𝘦𝘭 𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘰 techniques, and the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) art ideology and its vision of new China and new Chineseness. Drawing on documentary sources, the thesis analyzes the political, social, cultural, technical and educational forces and elements that have jointly created the New National Singing Method as a prominent form of performance art. It is argued that the development of Chinese national vocal music has been driven jointly by the converged pursuit for the modernization of China and the creation of a new Chinese identity between the CCP and musicians and vocal artists. In the process, the CCP ideologues, upholding the idea that arts must serve politics, have encouraged marriage between Western music and Chinese music, or, to be exact, the indigenization of Western music genres and techniques in order to create something new and special that manifests the spirit of innovation and creation of the CCP and represents the identity of the new China.
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