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About the book
  • Published: 31 August 2015
  • ISBN: 9780734399526
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 132
  • RRP: $9.99

Beethoven in China: The People's Republic: Penguin Specials


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At the turn of the twentieth century, students returning from abroad brought Beethoven to China. The composer's perseverance in the face of adversity and his musical genius resonated in a nation searching for a way forward.

At the turn of the twentieth century, students returning from abroad brought Beethoven to China. The composer's perseverance in the face of adversity and his musical genius resonated in a young nation searching for a way forward. Beethoven remained a durable part of Chinese life in the decades that followed, proving a remarkable chameleon; an icon to reformers, intellectuals, music fans and party cadres alike, playing a role in major historical events from the May Fourth Movement to the normalisation of US-China relations.

  • Pub date: 31 August 2015
  • ISBN: 9780734399526
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 132
  • RRP: $9.99

About the Authors

Jindong Cai

Jindong Cai is an orchestra conductor and a professor at Stanford University. He is a three-time recipient of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music.

Sheila Melvin

Sheila Melvin has been writing about China for over 20 years. She is the author of Rhapsody in Red (co-authored with Jindong) and The Little Red Book of China Business.


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