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Exploring Faith-Based Chinese Piano Compositions: An Analysis of Selected Piano Solo Works of Anlun Huang

Liping Xia, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Anlun Huang is one of China’s preeminent living Christian composers. The Dallas Morning News praised Huang’s blending of Chinese style with Western compositional strategies, extolling, “East truly meets West in Anlun Huang’s …. extraordinarily demanding score…. It’s a synthesis of the latest Western compositional techniques and classically-based Chinese ideas.” When I explained the topic of my document to Huang, he recommended that I study Poem for Dance No. 3 and Prelude and Fugue in D major, Op. 68, No. 2. A myriad of published papers and articles about the aforementioned pieces already exists. However, their religious connotations have yet to be explored. As a Christian and a pianist, I am interested in connecting music to my religion. As people in China become more interested in classical music, delving into applicable religious themes can make the performance and listening experience more rewarding. Therefore, my approach is to analyze Anlun Huang’s works from a faith-based perspective emphasizing Huang’s use of musical symbolism to achieve this end.

Subject Area

Musical composition|Performing Arts|Music|Asian Studies

Recommended Citation

Xia, Liping, "Exploring Faith-Based Chinese Piano Compositions: An Analysis of Selected Piano Solo Works of Anlun Huang" (2020). ETD collection for University of Nebraska-Lincoln. AAI28264172.