Xian Xinghai

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Xian Xinghai (June 13, 1905 – October 30, 1945) (Chinese: 冼星海; pinyin: Xiǎn Xīnghăi) was one of the earliest generation of Chinese composers influenced by western classical music and has influenced generations of Chinese musicians. Although he composed in all the major musical forms (two symphonies, a violin concerto, four large scale choral works, nearly 300 songs and an opera), he is best known for his '''' upon which the '''' for piano and orchestra is based.

Early life and education

<!--Born in Macau with ancestry from Panyu into a poor Tanka sailor family, UNSOURCED of accuracy-->Xian Xinghai, a native of Panyu, Guangdong Province (Canton), was born in Macau in 1905. Xian Xinghai started learning the in 1918 at the charity school attached to the in (Canton). In 1926 he joined the National Music Institute at to study music and in 1928 he entered to study and . The same year he published his well-known essay ''The Universal Music''. In 1929 he went to (where he met who introduced him to many artists there) under government sponsorship and in 1934 he was the first Chinese student admitted to the to...
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