Vietnamese Tài tử music discovery

Wednesday 24 July 2013

An ANU researcher has discovered the first published music score of Vietnamese Tài tử music notated by a French musicologist.

Tài tmusic emerged in the nineteenth century and still has a strong connection with people’s lives in Southern Vietnam today. In December 2013, the UNESCO will examine Tài t music as a Masterpiece of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.  Recent research shows that musicians of Tài t music - known as the group from French Indochina, gave a performance at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle (World Exposition).  In April this year, Le-Tuyen Nguyen, Teaching Fellow and Researcher at the ANU School of Music, has discovered the music score of Tài t music performed at this Exposition, which was notated by Julien Tiersot, a prominent French musicologist of the nineteenth-century.  To date, this 113 years old Danse de L’Indo-chine (Indochina Dance) is the first Western music score of Tài t music.  Le-Tuyen has worked with Vietnamese scholars and a group of traditional musicians to recreate the music.  The inaugural recreation of Danse de L’Indo-chine was performed at the Culture House in Ho Chi Minh City with extensive national media coverage and subsequently in a concert series in the Shanghai during 11 - 15 July 2013.

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