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Culture minister mourns death of Taiwanese composer

Culture minister mourns death of Taiwanese composer

Taipei, Feb. 25 (CNA) Culture minister Hung Meng-chi (???) on Wednesday mourned the death of prominent Taiwanese composer Tyzen Hsiao (???) and highlighted his contributions to Taiwan's music scene. Hsiao was a composer, pianist and conductor who composed close to 100 pieces, including symphonies and ensemble pieces, throughout his life, Hung said in a statement. In 1993, he composed the epic "1947 Overture," which received great acclaim, Hung noted. The ministry said it has begun the process of applying for a presidential citation for the respected musician and will ask the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra to organize a memorial concert in his name. Hsiao died at his home in Los Angeles a day earlier after battling lung cancer for two years. He was 77. Hsiao, known as "Taiwan's Rachmaninoff," studied music at National Taiwan Normal University and Musashino Music University in Japan and relocated to the United States in 1977. He is known for his fusion of Taiwanese and international music traditions and composed a number of works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, solo voices, orchestras and choirs with soloists, with many of his vocal works set to poems written in Taiwanese. He was a recipient of the prestigious National Award for Arts, the National Cultural Award and the Golden Melody Awards. (By Christie Chen and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-28 07:52 GMT+08:00