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Composers on the Coronavirus Crisis: Xiaoyong Chen

The consequences of the coronavirus crisis move us all. We have asked our composers how these months and weeks affect their artistic work. Their answers will be published successively in this section.

Xiaoyong Chen
(Born,13 May 1955, he is  a visiting professor in Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and other countries. Since 1987 he has been a lecturer at the Asia-Africa-Institute of the University of Hamburg)

"A lot goes through my mind at this time. The changes have affected everything so much and the whole world is affected! I am speechless.
I finished my Diary VI last October and the CD will be released in early June 2020. This short piece corresponds to my understanding of the current situation:
'The pause is awakened from a deep sleep'.
Society is at a standstill worldwide. I compare this with a long pause in music. The tones are stopped, but the music continues. The pause gains more attention from the listener. The recent situation makes me understand the world differently and forces me to redefine many things. Should we change the environment that does not belong to us or would it be better to reassess what already exists in order to find the real meaning?
We, humanity, need nature, but nature does not need us. This has become even clearer to me against the current background and the view of music. At the same time a harmonious togetherness is so important. When composing, I love to observe the sound from different angles in order to find the true meaning from an already existing object. The listener, in turn, is interested in experiencing something from that which appears ordinary or focusing on that which was previously ignored and discovering new meaning in it".

(Xiaoyong Chen, April 2, 2020)

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