A balanced Eastern and Western music is the key to Modern music development

Susan Ming


Orientalism is a music trend in West which focused on China, the Middle East or Japan. Adapting the Eastern flavor for a Western music sensibility, and the Western jingosim in late 19th century had started the connections between Eastern and Western music cultures. Later, these connections had been developed in a combined form of Western "aggressions" to East and Eastern people's struggles over their own music cultures in the Western adaptations. This kind of developments had profound effects on cultural globalization, which it favors the trend of integrating unique music cultural developments from different places into an ideal of great harmony. How Eastern people would learn from these struggles and in what extent the Western people would absorb Eastern elements using their sensibilities can directly influence the outcomes of our ideals of great harmony. The equal depth and adaptations of both cultures could be the ideal solution of this, and thus the analysis of how to achieve this is important and it is the primary aim of this paper. This study has surveyed914 people from China and other countries to investigate how they consume Western and Eastern music as well as their preferences in music selection. This paper also analyzes representative, deeply Western-Eastern elements' combined and influential music pieces, such as works by musicians like Tan Dun, Cui Jian and oriental film music pieces by Hollywood through critics from both sides, offering some suggestions for a balanced Eastern and Western music adaption.


Musicology; Cultural globalization; Orientalism;

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