In light of the current situation, Cantonese Musical Notation and Tuning Systems on 17 March 2020 (Tuesday) will be rescheduled to 24 June 2020 (Wednesday) 7:30pm - 9:00pm.


One of the ancient systems of musical notation used for traditional Chinese music is Gongche notation (or gongchepu), in which each note is represented by a Chinese character. This system is still commonly used for notating Kunqu and Cantonese opera scores and Cantonese music.

In this series of three 101 talks, members of The Gong Strikes One provide live demonstrations of how to read gongche music sheets, and talk with experts in the field to offer insight into various aspects of this traditional notation form.

Introduction to Gongche Notation in Cantonese MusicLiterati ManuscriptsCantonese Musical Notation and Tuning Systems

Talk 1: Introduction to Gongche Notation in Cantonese Music

The Gong Strikes One’s Lee King-chi and Chan Chi-kong demonstrate how to read gongche notation using Cantonese music sheets.

Date:
14 January 2020 (Tuesday)

Time:
7:30pm–9:00pm

Venue:
Seminar Hall, 2/F, Xiqu Centre

Speakers:
Lee King-chi
Chan Chi-kong

Language:
Cantonese

Talk 2: Literati Manuscripts

In conversation with Lee King-chi, Kunqu researcher Cheung Lai-chun introduces the music and song culture of the Chinese literati and looks at gongche manuscripts used in Kunqu.

Date:
19 May 2020 (Tuesday)

Time:
7:30pm–9:00pm

Venue:
Seminar Hall, 2/F, Xiqu Centre

Speaker:
Cheung Lai-chun

Moderator:
Lee King-chi

Language:
Cantonese

Talk 3: Cantonese Musical Notation and Tuning Systems

In a talk featuring live demonstrations by Chan Chi-kong, guqin player and expert in Chinese tuning systems Dr Tse Chun-yan discusses how to interpret the tuning systems in Cantonese music through the gongche musical notation.

Date:
17 March 2020 (Tuesday)

Time:
7:30pm–9:00pm

Venue:
Seminar Hall, 2/F, Xiqu Centre

Speaker:
Tse Chun-yan

Moderator:
Lee King-chi

Demonstrator:
Chan Chi-kong

Language:
Cantonese

Fee:
Free admission. Limited capacity on a first come, first served basis. Please register online in advance.

Enquiries:
Please contact Ms Chan at (852) 2200 0812 during office hours or email learning@wkcda.hk.

Accessibility Services:
Cantonese audio description and Hong Kong sign language interpretation are available upon request with at least 14 days’ advance notice. Wheelchair accessible seats and companion seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Please request at least four days in advance.

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force three hours before the start of the event, it will be cancelled.

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