MRI Forum 63

An evening celebrating the launch of our book
"Playing Bach in France and in China:
An Encounter of Musicians in Macau"


by Luís Sequeira, Yuan Sheng, David Francis Urrows and Artur Wardega

8 September 2011


Summary of the Presentation

On the occasion of the launch of our new trilingual publication Playing Bach in France and in China: An Encounter of Musicians in Macau, we devote this MRI Forum to reflection and discussion of recent developments in the music culture of pipe organ and classic sacred music, especially that of Bach, which have been initiated by our Institute in the St Joseph Seminary Church. This activity has recently been extended by the invitation of two specialists on Bach music and world-renowned performers, Yuan Shan from China and Philippe Charru, SJ, from France who have come to play in Macau. Our three speakers, Prof. Yuan Shan, Prof. David Urrows and our MRI Director, Fr Artur Wardega, will lead the discussion and at the end sign copies of the new book offered free to our audience. Everyone interested in Macau history and sacred music is very warmly invited to this friendly gathering and celebration.

Profiles of the Speakers

Luís Sequeira, SJ, a Jesuit since 1969, was the Superior of the Society of Jesus in Macao for sixteen years and is the Director of the Matteo Ricci College and the Vice Director of the Macau Ricci Institute.

Yuan Sheng (盛原).Born to a family of musicians in Beijing, Yuan Sheng has gained international recognition through his extensive performances in more than twenty countries as a recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist. His performances and researches on the music of Bach also have attracted international attention in recent years. During the 2009-10 season Mr. Sheng gave a 5-recital-series of Wanquan Bahe (Bach exhaustive) as well as a 5-lecture-series on Bach at the Beijing Forbidden City Concert Hall. Since 2005 Mr. Sheng is on the Faculty of Piano of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China.

David Francis Urrows is Associate Professor in the Department of Music, Hong Kong Baptist University, where he teaches music history, analysis, and composition. He received his doctorate from Boston University in 1987. He has served on the teaching faculties of the University of Massachusetts, Eastern Mediterranean University, and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In 1989 he established The Pipe Organ in China Project at Hong Kong Baptist University, which studies the musical and cultural history of the instrument, as well as its current revival in concert halls and churches in China. He is currently writing a book on this topic, Keys to the Kingdom: A documentary study of the pipe organ in China. He is the author of many articles which have appeared in American Music, Journal of Musicological Research, American Choral Review, and other journals. He is also the co-editor and editor of Word and Music Studies 7 (2005) and Word and Music Studies 9 (2008), respectively. Dr. Urrows’ other research interests lie in nineteenth century studies, particularly the music of Otto Dresel (1826-1890), whose collected works he is editing for publication by A-R Editions.

Artur K. Wardega, SJ is Director of the Macau Ricci Institute, China, specializing in 20th century Chinese and French literatures. He has written several articles published in 神州交流 Chinese Cross Currents, the Macau Ricci Institute’s quarterly, and in scholarly journals in China and abroad. His latest publications include a trilingual book entitled, The technique of mise en abyme as employed in André Gide’s The Counterfeiters (Central Compilation & Translation Press, Beijing, 2007) and in French a translation of the novel 笠山农场 Li Shan Nongchang by 钟理和 Zhong Lihe (1915-1960), a renowned Hakka writer, under the title La ferme de la montagne Li (Artois Presses Université, Collection Confucius, Arras, France, 2010).