An ANU researcher has discovered the first published music score of Vietnamese Tài tử music notated by a French musicologist.
Tài tử music 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 tử music as a Masterpiece of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Recent research shows that musicians of Tài tử 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 tử 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 tử 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.
Follow the story on major media sources (in English):