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Late composer Ma Shui-long to be honored

Late composer Ma Shui-long to be honored

Taipei, May 21 (CNA) The Executive Yuan approved a proposal Thursday for a presidential citation to be awarded posthumously to Taiwanese composer Ma Shui-long (???) in recognition of his contributions. Ma's compositions combined the musical traditions of the West and the East, creating a unique style that has deeply inspired other musicians in Taiwan, Culture Minister Hung Meng-chi (???) said in a statement. The composer died on May 2 at the age of 75 after a long battle against cancer. Born in Keelung in 1939, Ma was the first Taiwanese composer to have his music performed at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. He was one of the recipients of the National Award for Arts in 1999, the winner of the Golden Melody's Lifetime Contribution Award in 2004, and a former president of Taipei National University of the Arts. His best-known compositions include "The Peacock Flies Southeast" (?????) and "Bandi (Bamboo Flute) Concerto" (?????). In a review many years ago, the New York Times said Ma's music "balanced the largely conventional use of Western instruments with the pure intervallic skips and pentatonic melody from his own culture." It also praised the composer for "letting his instruments speak in a European voice but with an Asian mind." (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-27 18:50 GMT+08:00