Tuesday, January 25, 2011

An Exercise in Bad Taste

It is interesting to follow the controversy surrounding a piece Lang Lang chose to play at the recent White House state dinner. I can't help but noticing that the name of the composer of the popular (and populist) song he played isn't mentioned in any of the articles about the performance. The composer's name is not listed in the IMDB listing for its source (and the source of the controversy), the film Shang gan ling.

My choice for Chinese State Dinner entertainment would be something by Ma Sicong, perhaps the Song of Nostalgia.

There is a lot that China has to offer musically, if you look in the right places.

1 comment:

Hubertus Dreyer said...

Thank you for mentioning Ma Sicong! I think he deserves being re-discovered…