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- DescriptionFirst published in 1884 by the Statistical Department of the Inspectorate General of Customs in Shanghai, this work is probably best kwn as a source of musical material for Puccini's opera Turandot. It was reprinted several times and remained the primary source in a Western language of detailed information on Chinese music until the mid-twentieth century. Van Aalst, born in Belgium in 1858, spent his working life with the Imperial Maritime Customs Service where his ability as a musician was ticed by the Inspector General, Robert Hart. It is thought likely that the work was published to coincide with the London Health Exhibition of 1884 in South Kensington to which Van Aalst had been sent to lecture. Different types of music (ritual and popular), the range of instruments, and musical tation are all explained, the intention being to enable a better understanding of Chinese music by those in the West.
- Author(s)J. A. Van Aalst
- PublisherCambridge Library Collection
- Date of Publication22/03/2012
- SubjectMusic & Dance
- Series TitleCambridge Library Collection - Music
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note40 b/w illus.
- Weight260 g
- Width210 mm
- Height297 mm
- Spine5 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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