The Ohio State University
Sansbury, Sally Liew.
The Xinjiang piano suites of Shi Fu.
Degree: DMA, Music, 2007, The Ohio State University
A distinguished Chinese ethnomusicologist and
composer, Shi Fu has spent considerable time researching and
collecting minority folk songs in Xinjiang, a province in the
northwest region of China. His extensive knowledge in this field is
reflected in almost all of his music. In particular, his three
Xinjiang Piano Suites are windows through which one can learn more
about individual minority folk music and culture. Each piece is a
colorful picture of a folk scene depicted through music.
Altogether, his music can be described as a fusion of ethnic folk
idioms and Western romantic music traditions. Although Shi Fu is
recognized as an important composer in his own country, he is
relatively unknown to the English-speaking world, largely because
of the language barrier. This is due to the dearth of information
available in English and also the added task of translating
relevant material from Chinese to English. Furthermore, while some
of his piano music has been published, it is available only in
China, and hence, not readily accessible to the Western world. This
document attempts to bridge the language barrier to introduce Shi
Fu and his piano music to the English-speaking world. It gives a
brief historical and musical background of the Xinjiang province so
as to provide a backdrop for the understanding of the Xinjiang
Piano Suites. It furnishes a brief history of Xinjiang piano music.
It presents the composer’s biography along with a representative
listing of his works, and an overview of his piano writing. There
is a detailed description on the three Xinjiang Piano Suites,
highlighting the folk elements found in these works. This document
concludes with a brief discussion on the composer’s Xinjiang
compositional style and a summary. As a further aid, the Appendix
provides a translation for every Chinese title, descriptive term or
relevant information in the piano publication. Because China is on
centerstage in the twenty-first century, I hope this document will
prove useful in extending knowledge of this prominent Chinese
composer, Shi Fu, and to promote interest among the academic and
performing community into exploring his unique Xinjiang piano
Advisors/Committee Members: Glaser, Steven (Advisor).
Subjects/Keywords: Music; Xinjiang Piano Suites; Chinese composer; ethnic minority folk music; Chinese piano music
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APA (6th Edition):
Sansbury, S. L. (2007). The Xinjiang piano suites of Shi Fu. (Doctoral Dissertation). The Ohio State University. Retrieved from http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=osu1180495584
Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):
Sansbury, Sally Liew. “The Xinjiang piano suites of Shi Fu.” 2007. Doctoral Dissertation, The Ohio State University. Accessed December 16, 2019.
MLA Handbook (7th Edition):
Sansbury, Sally Liew. “The Xinjiang piano suites of Shi Fu.” 2007. Web. 16 Dec 2019.
Sansbury SL. The Xinjiang piano suites of Shi Fu. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. The Ohio State University; 2007. [cited 2019 Dec 16].
Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=osu1180495584.
Council of Science Editors:
Sansbury SL. The Xinjiang piano suites of Shi Fu. [Doctoral Dissertation]. The Ohio State University; 2007. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=osu1180495584