Dai Dingcheng and his research of Catholic Music in Macao in the Twentieth Century

Shao Xiao Ling

Macau Scientific and Cultural Centre 6-8/May 2019

Departamento de Comuniçao e Arte, Universidade de Aveiro, Instituto de Etnomusicologia, Centro de Estudos em Música e Dança/FCSH/UNL

Dai Dingcheng, holder of PhD in composition theory, is professor of musicology of the School of Arts at Macao Polytechnic Institute (MPl). His research includes from European polyphony between the 9th and 16th centuries to contemporary music. Since arriving in Macao in 2003, Dai has been involved in research projects related to the local music Culture. The Catholic Music Research project in Macao was originally funded by the Academic Research Scholarship of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S. A. R. Government in 2007, which resulted in the publication of the book entitled: Catholic Music in Macao in the Twentieth Century: Composers and heir vocal works in a unique historical context. The first version of the book in Chinese was published in 2013 and the publication of the Portuguese version was in 2017, translated by Shan Xiao Ling and edited by the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S. A. R. Government and by the Portuguese publisher: Editora Colibri.

According to Dai, the richness of Catl1olic musical culture in Macao and its traditions have established a unigue and independent system. This system plays an indispensable role in the process of dissemination and learning of Western music in the East. In the 20th century, Catholic music in Macao was formed in a rare and colorful cultural panorama in the regions of the Chinese community.

From the perspectives of the composers and their works, the work of Dai Dingcheng investigates the successes of the 20th century Catholic music in Macao, inserted in the unigue historical and cultural context of this place. At the same time, an carefully technical analysis is also applied with the integration of the corresponding aesthetics. ln addition, the level of culture and its significance is examined, and it concludes with a historical (longitudinal) and global (horizontal) perspectives.