A Review of Beijing Modern Music Festival 2014



 “Opening a New Road”


Reflections on the Three Concerts of Beijing Modern Music Festival 2014

Author: Xiang Xiaogang


Though Beijing Modern Music Festival 2014 ended last Thursday, I am still deeply impressed by the musical works of composers both at home and abroad at the three concerts which were: Poems of Love and War—Opening Concert of Beijing Modern Music Festival 2014” in the evening of May 16, The ladder of the Demon—Concert of the 20th Century Piano Worksin the afternoon and The Song of the Earth—Closing Concert of 2014 Beijing Modern Music Festival in the evening of May 22.


Reviewing the concerts of the opening and closing ceremonies of this Beijing Modern Music Festival, the writer inadvertently caught a message: more and more music composers, both at home and abroad, no longer indulge themselves in “audio staffing”, “conceptual music” and “number games”. Nor are they narcissistic. Instead, they have more actively explored a new road between “modern” and “traditional”, hoping to realize the interaction featuring “elegant and popular in style” so as to “have fun with the common people” in the real sense. This is especially true for the composers who have reached middle age!


May 27, 2014   First draft

May 28, 2014   Revision

At Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM)

About the author:

Xiang Xiaogang1972-), male, associate researcher of CCOM, Doctor of Chinese contemporary music (Beijing 100031).