News on O Clarim about the coming MRI Online Forum on 2020-Nov-11

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20. 11. 03
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News on O Clarim about the coming MRI Online Forum on 2020-Nov-11

Much scholarly attention has been paid to the artistic accomplishments of Jesuit mission in China up to the time of the Rites Controversy of the eighteenth century. Not so much research has been conducted or published, however, on the work of the ‘New Company’ in this context from 1814 onwards.

This study focusses on the remarkable figure of François Ravary (1823-91) whose achievements, submerged from view for over a century, mark him out as one of the most creative missionary-musicians ever to come to China. From the second-earliest organ in China with bamboo pipes (1856), to the first brass band in China (1857), to China’s first publicly-performing Western orchestra (ca. 1865), Ravary led his colleagues to build a vibrant practice of music making, music education, music publishing, instrument building, and other ways and means of musical activity. A landscape of artistic and cultural exchange and interchange emerges from his life’s story, culled from unpublished letters, contemporary writings and ephemera, and neglected sources and documents.

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