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Mei Lanfang and Peking Opera

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Author: Yang Fusen;
Language: English
Format: Papercover
Page: 117
Publication Date: 09/2009
ISBN: 9787119060477
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The author was born and grown up in china. He was graduated from department of journalism of Yenching University. He was a journalist during the World War Ⅱ. He immigrated to the US after the WWⅡ. He got the degrees of MA and Ph.D. in the US. He contributes his life as a teacher in three famous universities in the US. He is a hundred percent fan of Peking Opera. He gave his premiere performance when he was 14 years old and he takes every chance to give performance during the following years to promote Peking Opera. There are five chapters in this book. The first chapter introduces the history and features of Peking Opera; The second chapter tells us the family background of Mei Lanfang and the learning process when he was young and his contributions to Peking Opera; The third chapter focuses on the self-evaluation of Mei Lanfang himself and the appreciation of the worldwide; The forth chapter introduces every knowledge of Peking Opera to the readers; The fifth chapter explains ten representatives of Peking Opera in details and introduces the roles which Mei Lanfang was acted. There are proper nouns of Peking Opera at the back of the book and lots of pictures among the book for the readers.
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The author was born and grown up in china. He was graduated from department of journalism of Yenching University. He was a journalist during the World War Ⅱ. He immigrated to the US after the WWⅡ. He got the degrees of MA and Ph.D. in the US. He contributes his life as a teacher in three famous universities in the US. He is a hundred percent fan of Peking Opera. He gave his premiere performance when he was 14 years old and he takes every chance to give performance during the following years to promote Peking Opera. There are five chapters in this book. The first chapter introduces the history and features of Peking Opera; The second chapter tells us the family background of Mei Lanfang and the learning process when he was young and his contributions to Peking Opera; The third chapter focuses on the self-evaluation of Mei Lanfang himself and the appreciation of the worldwide; The forth chapter introduces every knowledge of Peking Opera to the readers; The fifth chapter explains ten representatives of Peking Opera in details and introduces the roles which Mei Lanfang was acted. There are proper nouns of Peking Opera at the back of the book and lots of pictures among the book for the readers.
About the author
Richard Fusen Yang was born and raised in China. After graduating from Yenching University, where be majored in journalism, he worked as a journalist during World Warll. After the war, he and his future wife, Myrtle Lowe Yang, went to the United States, where he entered the University of Washington graduate school. He received both his Master of Arts degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree from the school. Over the next 35 years, he taught at three major universities in the United States. As a young man in Peiping (now Beijing), he fell in love with Peking Opera. Not only is he an ardent enthusiast, he is also an amateur performer, having made his "debut" at the age of fourteen. In 1962, while teaching at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles), he gave his first performance of Peking Opera at the school. He also introduced Peking Opera to the University of Pittsburgh, where he performed in 1974. He retired from the university as professor emeritus in 1983.
Table of Contents
Chapter One

An Introduction to Peking Opera

Historical Perspectives

Features / Characteristics

Summary

Chpater Two

The King of Peking Opera

Family Background

Early Training

Contributions to Peking Opera

Chpater Three

Self-Reflection and

International Appreciation

Self-Reflection

International Appreciation

Chpater Four

A Guide to Understanding

Peking Opera

Stage and Properties

Opera Roles and Their Special Costumes

Movements, Gestures and Pantomime

Instruments and Voices

Chpater Five

Representative Peking Opera Works

Yuzhou Feng

(A Sword Named Cosmos)

Gui Fei Zui Jiu

(The Precious Consort Gets Drunk)

Qi Shuang Hui

(A Strange Double Reunion)

Luo Shen

(The Goddess of the Luo River)

Mu Guiying Gua Shuai

(Mu Guiying Assumes Command)

Da Yu Sha Jia

(The Fisherman's Rage)

Qun Ying Hui

(The Gathering of Heroes)

Jiang Xiang He

(The General and the Prime Minister Reconciled)

Chi Sang Zhen

(Red Mulberry Township)

Shi Yu Zhuo

(Picking up the Jade Bracelet)

A Glossary of Opera Terms
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When they presented this new opera for Emperor Qianlong, he personally applauded them. Whenever the emperor showed his delight in anything, his court and the people of the entire city followed suit. Soon, the new opera gained populariW throughout the country.
Because it had begun in the capital, the new art form was called Jing Ju("capital opera"). Even after the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty by the new Kuomintang, or Nationalist Party, leadership in 1911, Peking Opera continued to enjoy the patronage of the government.
After the capital was relocated from Peking to Nanking in 1927, the opera's popularity became even more widespread, and it received the designation of GuoJu ("national opera"). The Nationalists also declared the dialect of Peking to be guo yu, or the national standard language.
Following the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949, GuoJu was changed back to Jing Ju. However, when the devastating Cultural Revolution broke out in 1964, all forms of opera were labeled "reactionary" and subsequently forbidden. For ten years, Peking Opera suffered a setback until the upheaval was finally quashed in 1976, when Peking Opera returned to the stage. Its popularity returned slowly, and it has yet to regain its former glory.
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