Chinese Music Classics of 20th Century – I/VI: Songs
Initiation of “Chinese Music Classics of 20th Century” award selection
Chinese contemporary music started in early 20th century. In July 1992, when the end of 20th century was approaching, then-fresh-established non-government organization Chinese Culture Promotion Society (CCPS) initiated an exceptional “Chinese Music Classics of 20th Century” Award, covering global Chinese community.
This award is aiming to summarize the achievement of Chinese music in the 20th century. The results of 124 award winners were released in November 1992. The award ceremony was held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Jun 5th, 1993.
However, given the complexity of contemporary Chinese history and political/cultural issues, the award selection encountered many problems from its initiation to results release. (… to be continued)
Part I: Songs (first half, till 1945, the end of WWII)
There are 49 songs were selected into this award list. 25 of them were written before 1945, during decades of Japanese Invasion. Most of these famous songs expressed the beauty of our motherland and/or encouraged people to stand up and fight against the invaders.
You can click the English title links to music videos.
|作品||Year||Lyrics||Music||English Title w. video link|
|《大江东去》||1922||苏轼（宋）||青主||The Great River Flows To The East|
|《教我如何不想他》||1926||刘半农||赵元任||I Cannot Help Missing Her|
|《我住长江头》||1930||李之仪（宋）||青主||My Sentiment to the Yangtze River|
|《渔光曲》||1934||安娥||任光||Song of Fisherman|
|《江城子》||1934||秦观（宋）||陈田鹤||Jiang Cheng Zi|
|《码头工人》||1934||百灵||聂耳||Dock Workers’ Song|
|《救亡进行曲》||1935||周钢鸣||孙慎||March of Saving the Nation|
|《义勇军进行曲》||1935||田汉||聂耳||March of the Volunteers|
|《松花江上》||1936||张寒晖||张寒晖||On the Song Hua River|
|《中华民族不会亡》||1936||施谊||吕骥||Chinese Will Not Perish|
|《游击队歌》||1937||贺绿汀||贺绿汀||Song of Guerilla|
|《武装保卫山西》||1937||白炎||吕骥||Armed to Protect Shanxi|
|《延安颂》||1938||莫耶||郑律成||Tribute to Yan’an|
|《嘉陵江上》||1939||端木蕻良||贺绿汀||On the Jialing River|
|《白云故乡》||1940s||韦翰章||林声翕||Cloud and Homeland|
|《在那遥远的地方》||1945||王洛宾||王洛宾||In A Far Away Land|
|《团结就是力量》||1945||卢肃||卢肃||Unity is Power|
Please stay tuned and other parts will be posted soon!