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Polycultural Synthesis in the Music of Chou Wen-chung ed. by Mary I. Arlin and Mark A. Radice (review)

Polycultural Synthesis in the Music of Chou Wen-chung ed. by Mary I. Arlin and Mark A. Radice... BOOK REVIEWS Polycultural Synthesis in the Music of Chou Wen-chung. Edited by Mary I. Arlin and Mark A. Radice. London: Routledge, 2018. ISBN 978-1-138- 28864-5. Pp. 348. Hardcover, $160.00. ISBN 978-0-367-59139-7. Paper, $47.95. On February 2019, a frail Chou Wen-chung was presented with an honorary doctorate by the president of the New England Conservatory, eight months before Chou’s passing at age ninety-six. This honor brought to full circle the lifelong pursuits of a composer who had been a veteran of American music for most of the twentieth century and beyond. Readers of Polycultural Synthesis will gain additional insight into the significance of the moment—this granting of an NEC degree fulfilled the unfinished dream of its famous student whose study seven decades ago was interrupted by the turmoil of the Civil War in China and who, despite the racial prejudice in America, succeeded in anchoring himself at the center of the American modern music scene, joined the composition faculty at Columbia University, chaired its music department, and presided over its PhD program in composition for twenty years (1969–89). The delayed recognition of the NEC degree could not come a minute too soon. Polycultural Synthesis is a unique book. It brings http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

Polycultural Synthesis in the Music of Chou Wen-chung ed. by Mary I. Arlin and Mark A. Radice (review)

American Music , Volume 39 (2) – Aug 31, 2021

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University of Illinois Press
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1945-2349

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BOOK REVIEWS Polycultural Synthesis in the Music of Chou Wen-chung. Edited by Mary I. Arlin and Mark A. Radice. London: Routledge, 2018. ISBN 978-1-138- 28864-5. Pp. 348. Hardcover, $160.00. ISBN 978-0-367-59139-7. Paper, $47.95. On February 2019, a frail Chou Wen-chung was presented with an honorary doctorate by the president of the New England Conservatory, eight months before Chou’s passing at age ninety-six. This honor brought to full circle the lifelong pursuits of a composer who had been a veteran of American music for most of the twentieth century and beyond. Readers of Polycultural Synthesis will gain additional insight into the significance of the moment—this granting of an NEC degree fulfilled the unfinished dream of its famous student whose study seven decades ago was interrupted by the turmoil of the Civil War in China and who, despite the racial prejudice in America, succeeded in anchoring himself at the center of the American modern music scene, joined the composition faculty at Columbia University, chaired its music department, and presided over its PhD program in composition for twenty years (1969–89). The delayed recognition of the NEC degree could not come a minute too soon. Polycultural Synthesis is a unique book. It brings

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Aug 31, 2021

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