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On the morning of April 20, 2019, the "Yang Shuangzhi Piano Collection" new book conference and works symposium was held in Quanzhou Nanyin Art Center. The leaders of the government in Fujian Province and the famous literary and art circles at home and abroad gathered together to offer advice and suggestions for the development of Quanzhou art and culture.
Introduction of composer Yang Shuangzhi
Yang Shuangzhi, national level composer, member of Chinese Musicians Association, executive director of China Opera Research Association, executive director of Fujian Provincial Music Association, vice chairman of Quanzhou Music Association, president of Quanzhou Art Education Association, and consultant of Quanzhou Literary Critics Association; He once served as head of Quanzhou Opera Troupe, head of Quanzhou Symphony Orchestra, and vice president of Quanzhou Art School. Many of his works have won national, provincial and municipal awards.
Yang Shuangzhi is an authentic Quanzhou native who lived in the rich music culture of southern Fujian since childhood. He is proficient in Nanyin, Opera, and Gaojia, and has personally participated in folk music performance for many years. "The adaptation of Nanyin to piano music is a long-cherished wish that I have dreamed of for a long time." Yang Shuangzhi said that it is not easy to maintain the unique musical style of Nanyin on the piano. He also thought for a long time, and after retirement, he devoted himself to Nanyin's works. creation. He finally completed the piano suite "Plum Blossoms". According to reports, this is also the first time that Chinese composers have used the piano to perform the famous historical song "Chastity of Plum Blossoms", which is of great significance.
In addition to the two piano pieces adapted from Nanyin, the new book collection also includes piano works based on Gaojia opera music, traditional drama, opera and Minnan folk songs. Yang Shuangzhi introduced that some folk songs, and fishermen’s songs have gradually disappeared, and the number of people using Minnan is also decreasing. These piano songs are created to fill this type of music gap. "As a Minnanese, inheriting and carrying forward the traditional Minnan music culture has become a lifelong mission. Adapting Nanyin into a piano piece is my long-cherished wish. I want to promote Nanyin farther and let the pianist enter Nanyin. And I want to let Nanyin integrate into the big stage of world music, and more people realize the charm of Nanyin.” Yang Shuangzhi told Quanzhou TV reporter.
The publication of "Yang Shuangzhi's Piano Collection" has added color to the diversity of Chinese piano music. It is a gratifying fruit of the combination of Chinese and Western music. The book includes the first piano suite "Plum Blossoms" created by the author and such as the Piano Suite, "The Rhapsody," "Song of the Boat," "Franging Flowers," "Kicking the Ball," "Heavenly Black," and "The March of the Expedition." 10 piano works.
These works are mainly composed of Nanyin, Drama (Liyuan Opera, Gaojia Opera, Song-guy Opera), folk songs, folk music, etc. in Minnan Music. The first piano suite "Plum Blossoms" was adapted from the traditional Nanyin ancient music "Chastity of Plum Blossoms", which is the first Nanyin work in the history. The first piano suite "Plum Blossoms" won the second prize of the 8th Baihua Literature Award in Fujian Province in 2017 and the first prize of the "Huang Zi Cup" International Piano Chinese Works Composing Competition in 2018.
The event was organized by Xiamen University Press, Quanzhou Song and Dance Troupe, Quanzhou Art School, Quanzhou Literary Critics Association, Quanzhou Art Education Association, Quanzhou Musicians Association, Quanzhou Art Education Society Piano Society, Hailun Piano Co., Ltd. Hailun Art Education Investment Co., Ltd., Quanzhou Xingbaha Music, Quanzhou Hailun New Bach Cultural Development Co., Ltd. and other units jointly sponsored.