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Article source:Music Weekly

Release time:Jan 01, 2018Page view:157

Text | Wu Yue Chen Xu
    Shanghai in November in the towering Maple Leaf gradually cool, the eleventh China Music Awards for the positive was founded 90 years of Shanghai Conservatory of Music delivered a warm gift - Chen Gang, only Dan Dolma two The teacher won the title of "Lifetime Achievement Music Artist".
Chen Gang said: "This is not so much to grant my personal awards, as it is to give the sound of the hospital built 90 years gift .1955 admitted to the tone, so far has a Jia Zi time. Cai Yuanpei, Dean of 'Aesthetic Education on behalf of Religion' concept, the United States is the banner of Shangyin, but also my ideal of lifelong pursuit of life .Shanghai Conservatory of Music is my fertile ground for growth, I will not forget the beginning of heart, hold high the banner of the United States. "
Music "beauty"
    Lao Tzu said: "It is fair to say that it is very proper." There is also a saying in the West that "at the end of a language, the music is sounded." The "beauty" of music is the most formless of all art forms and the most authentic pure. Born in the music family Chen Gang's life to pursue the highest "beauty" as their own creative beliefs. In 1955, he was admitted to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music composer. During the academic period, music expert Arzavanov from the Soviet Union for the first time to their class, after entering the classroom did not say a word, went straight to the piano playing Rachmaninoff "Piano Concerto No. 2" . After the bullet finished, he raised his head and said with excitement to the students below: "How beautiful!" At this moment, the 20-year-old Chen Gang was unforgettable. From then on, he determined to continuously explore the "beauty" in his heart and the "beauty" of mankind with the "soul language" of music.
    In the winter of 1958, Chen Gang and He Zhanhao co-authored the first violin concerto "Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai" in China. The following year, the first work premiered at Shanghai Grand Theater, and Yu Li-na was a violin solo artist. Let Chen Gang unforgettablely, on July 2, 1997, the second day after Hong Kong's return, the Hollywood Bowl Amphitheater in the United States played "Butterfly Lovers." At the beginning of the music, the soloist Lü Si-qing did not raise his bows yet. There was a warm applause from the thousands of overseas Chinese who had heard the prizes. The applause gathered together and echoed in the valley around the stage as if the waves had been drained wave. After the show ended, an overseas Chinese in Malaysia said to him: "Where there is the sun there is a Chinese, where there is a Chinese there is a" wish "!" Why is "Liangzhu" successful and occupies so important in the hearts of countless Chinese? significance? Chen Gang explained: "Because it is not just a piece of music, but a symbol of the Chinese people, a beautiful symbol."
    If "Butterfly Lovers" is like a glow rising from the east and illuminates the stage of the world, then a group of "red violins" selections created in the 1970s is like a spring breeze blowing into an ordinary household Family. Later in the "Cultural Revolution", Chen Gang wrote a series of beautiful and versatile violin solos with national rhyme, "Sun Shines on Taschurgan," and then went on to spread like wildfire. "The composer is doing? The composer is no sunshine to write the sunshine, did not write the morning morning, no gold to write gold." At that time, Chen Gang has not been to Xinjiang and Guizhou, his focus is not national music itself, But to write out the unquenchable pursuit of "beauty" in the heart and safeguard the dignity of "beauty."
Broad "beauty"
    Looking back at modern history, we can easily find out the emergence of Chen Gang is inevitable. In 1843, Shanghai opened the port, Britain, the United States and France have formed loan and extended many times until 1945, all rented back in this land on the civilization of China and the West after centuries of struggle and integration, which gave birth to a unique style of the sea culture. The essence of the Shanghai culture, summed up, that is, "Heiner rivers", all good things for others, can be used for what I used. As a result, Chen Gang's father, Chen Gexin, wrote the pop song "Rose Rose I Love You" and the first modern song "Spring Flower Autumn Moon" in Shanghai, China's first popular world. His alma mater National Institute of Music (first name of the National Conservatory of Music) as China's first independent higher education school was established in Shanghai. In this way, only Chen Gang.
    Speaking of genealogy, Chen Gang said with a smile: "My great-grandfather was an Indian, he came to Shanghai to marry a Chinese wife and Pudong, my mother is a Hui, and they are just like Shanghai, a product of mixed blood. In the unity of. "Such a family ecology may seem quite unusual today, but at the time of Shanghai is not uncommon. The family of Chen Gang is a microcosm of this immigrant city in terms of blood and culture.
    Richer than the blood is Xuemai. Chen Gang compared the national audio-visual system of that year to "the United Nations." "My teacher Ding Shande returned from studying in France. He was a student of Aonig, a member of the Six-member Group, representing the French system. My vocal teacher Sang Tong, Yang and stone are Frankel's students, he is also my father's teacher, Frankel is a Schoenberg student, and his other teacher Tan Xiaolin is Hintmite's students, so it is representative of Germany and Austria System of this line; my work analysis teacher Arzavanov is the Soviet Union, his teacher is 斯科里布科夫, 斯科里布科夫 teacher is Taniyeifu, Taniyev's teacher Is Tchaikovsky, on behalf of the Soviet Union this line; He Luting Ting got a lot of folk artists, is China this line. "This is surprisingly traceable inadvertently answered a lot of questions: why the melodramatic tune As the basis of "Butterfly Lovers" can get the world's appreciation? Why is the first batch of excellent Chinese art music was born in Shanghai rather than other places?
    Chen Gang's success thanks to the inclusive Shanghai school culture, he not only proud, but also consciously inherit and spread this culture. He founded the Koehler Culture Salon and brought together a group of people who love the culture of Shanghai to conduct extensive and in-depth discussions on the topic of culture and the arts. He also made socialization through such means as network platform and series publication, and promoted the construction of urban spiritual civilization.
Practice the "beauty"
    Chinese people stress "words for the heart, the book for the heart painting." Chen Gang wrote "beauty" with musical notes and practiced "beauty" personally. Wu Guanzhong, an artist, said: "Today there are not many illiterates in China, but many are in the United States, and more terrible than illiteracy is aesthetically blind." Chen Gang agrees with this view and does not hide his attitude towards the current trend of cultural popularization . With the rapid development of economy in contemporary China, towering high-rise buildings have been built in a very short period of time. Engineering project so, art can it? Chen Gang was denied. In his opinion, just as a mother must have her "childbirth in October", art development has its own laws and should be respected by the people today. The contemporary Peking Opera has been repeatedly revised and improved to achieve the goal of "ten years of grinding a drama," and it still plays as usual. If it is like creating a house, it often produces quick-moving works. "The criteria we judge are very simple and see who lives for a long time. Art is something that lives longer than a writer."
    Today, the 82-year-old Chen Gang looks back on his past memories and earnestly says after decades of hard work: "We artists should inherit beauty, spread beauty, and defend the beauty and make beautiful messengers." He remembered what Cai Yuanpei published in 1917, "Pro and save before the death of the" science save the country, aesthetics to save the country "- in his heart, this is the soul of the sound above. When asked what his hopes are for this generation of young people, Chen Gang said: "Of course, we often make innovations, of course, it is good, but more importantly, we have to find our roots, our souls, and not blindly Run forward. "