Type of Document Treatise Author Ni, Pi-Lin URN etd-05032006-020904 Title The Significance of Shui-long Ma's Composition in The Evolution of Taiwanese Piano Music Degree Doctor of Musical Arts Department Music, College of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Leonard Mastrogiacomo Committee Chair Alice-Ann Darrow Committee Member James Nalley Committee Member Keywords
Date of Defense 2006-04-26 Availability unrestricted AbstractEven though the church introduced western music to the Taiwanese people, professional musicians did not appear until the following colonial years of Japan, known as the Japanese colonial period (1895-1945). During those fifty years, any Taiwanese who aspired to be a professional musician had to go to Japan for his or her education.
After WWII, Taiwan was returned to China and subsequently entered the period of fifty-year Nationalistís ruling. Like many developing countries in Asia, Taiwan enjoyed a fast-growing economy. It resulted in drastic changes in many aspects, both politically and socially. The value of traditional art was also challenged by the westernization of its society. As one of the most prominent Taiwanese composers, Shui-long Ma strongly promotes the traditional spirit of Taiwan in contemporary musical composition.
The musical works Shui-long Ma has written for piano span his entire career. The solo pieces he has written for western instruments are also mostly for keyboard instruments. Through an examination of his piano works, this study shows: 1) how Ma incorporated and transformed elements of traditional art and folk music into his works; and 2) how mainstream piano composition in Taiwan developed during the decades in the second half of the 20th century. All discussions then lead to the conclusion of the significance of Shui-long Maís compositions in the evolution of Taiwanese piano music.
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