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  • Published: 31 August 2015
  • ISBN: 9781760142308
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 142
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Beethoven in China: How the Great Composer Became an Icon in the People's Republic: Penguin Specials



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 introduced 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. Beethoven remained a durable part of Chinese life in the decades that followed, becoming an icon to 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. Jindong Cai, whose love for the musician began during the Cultural Revolution, and culture journalist Sheila Melvin tell the compelling story of Beethoven and the Chinese people.

  • Published: 31 August 2015
  • ISBN: 9781760142308
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 142
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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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