Department of Music

the university of hong kong

YANG Yuanzheng 

YANG Yuanzheng

Associate Professor

Office: Room 11.17, 11/F Run Run Shaw Tower

YANG Yuanzheng completed his master's and doctoral degrees in musicology at The University of Hong Kong, where he produced two highly-acclaimed theses, "Early Qin Music: Manuscript Tokyo, Tokyo Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan TB1393 and Manuscript Hikone, Hikone-jo, Hakubutsukan V633" (2005), and "Japonifying the Qin: The Appropriation of Chinese Qin Music in Tokugawa Japan" (2008). In recognition of his work, Yang was awarded a Li Ka Shing Prize (2003-2005) from The University of Hong Kong and a Ford Foundation Fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council in New York City (2006). In 2006/07, Yang was inducted into the "Tang Music Project" and held research appointments at Princeton University and Utrecht University. Yang's research extends from the seventh century to the present day, and focuses on issues of national and cultural identity in both Chinese and Japanese music. He has published in Music Research, Journal of the Musicological Society of Japan, and Palace Museum Journal, amongst others. Invited by the Smithsonian Institution, Yang is currently completing an archaeological report on a Chinese musical instrument housed at the National Museum of Asian Art in Washington D.C. Yang is the English editor of Chinese Annals of Music. In addition to his musical endeavours, Yang also holds a degree in mechanics and engineering from Peking University.

Associate Professor

Email: yuanzhen@hku.hk

Office: Room 11.17, 11/F Run Run Shaw Tower

YANG Yuanzheng completed his master's and doctoral degrees in musicology at The University of Hong Kong, where he produced two highly-acclaimed theses, "Early Qin Music: Manuscript Tokyo, Tokyo Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan TB1393 and Manuscript Hikone, Hikone-jo, Hakubutsukan V633" (2005), and "Japonifying the Qin: The Appropriation of Chinese Qin Music in Tokugawa Japan" (2008). In recognition of his work, Yang was awarded a Li Ka Shing Prize (2003-2005) from The University of Hong Kong and a Ford Foundation Fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council in New York City (2006). In 2006/07, Yang was inducted into the "Tang Music Project" and held research appointments at Princeton University and Utrecht University. Yang's research extends from the seventh century to the present day, and focuses on issues of national and cultural identity in both Chinese and Japanese music. He has published in Music Research, Journal of the Musicological Society of Japan, and Palace Museum Journal, amongst others. Invited by the Smithsonian Institution, Yang is currently completing an archaeological report on a Chinese musical instrument housed at the National Museum of Asian Art in Washington D.C. Yang is the English editor of Chinese Annals of Music. In addition to his musical endeavours, Yang also holds a degree in mechanics and engineering from Peking University.

Selected Publications

2018
Plum-Blossom on the Far Side of the Stream: Renaissance of Jiang Kui's Lyric Oeuvre. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, forthcoming.
2018
Qinji yizheng 琴籍義證 [Chen Zhuo’s Qin Treatise: An Exegesis]. Beijing: Culture and Art Publishing House, forthcoming.
2013
Guwu Wang Mengshu xiansheng qinxue yizhu 古吳汪孟舒先生琴學遺著 [The Posthumous Works of Wang Mengshu (1887-1969) on Qin Music]. Beijing: Zhonghua shuju.
2011
Reflections on Acousmatic Listening, coedited with Youn Kim. Seoul: Korean Institute for Musicology
2009
Chen Zhuo tanqin lunshuo jizhu 陳拙彈琴論說輯注 [A Critical Edition of Chen Zhuo’s Ninth-Century Treatise on Qin Playing]. Hong Kong: Jao Tsung-I Petite École, The University of Hong Kong.
2016
“Reuniting Music and Poetry: Republication of the Songs of Whitestone the Daoist in the Qing Dynasty.” Gem of Ci Poetry Music: Reconstruction of Songs by Jiang Kui, 46-51, edited by Lau Chor-wah. Hong Kong: The Commercial Press.
2016
“Shengwen zhimei de hepu zhuhuan: Baishi Daoren Gequ zai Qing dai de chongxian 聲文之美的合浦珠還:《白石道人歌曲》在清代的重現 [The fused Beauty of Words and Melody forged anew: Songs of Whitestone the Daoist and its Reapperance in the Qing Dynasty].” Songyun yizhen: Baishi Daoren Gequ chonggou 宋韻遺珍: 白石道人歌曲重構, 78-92, edited by Lau Chor-wah. Hong Kong: The Commercial Press.
2011
“Ba Wang Mengshu xiansheng jiaogao si zhong 跋汪孟舒先生校稿四種 [On the Textual Criticism of Wang Mengshu].” Qinxue huicui 琴學薈萃 2, 348-352, edited by Geng Huiling. Ji’nan: Qilu shushe.
2011
“Guanyu Anyang mingqi wu qin 關於「安陽明器五琴」[The ‘Jade Funeral Qin’ excavated from Anyang].” Proceeding of the 2010 International Symposium on Qin Music, 52-56, edited by Zhejiang Provincial Museum. Hangzhou: Xiling yinshe chubanshe.
2010
“Wantang qinjia Chen Zhuo shengping kaobian 晚唐琴家陳拙生平考辨 [Assessing the Biographical Data of Qin Musicians: The Case of Chen Zhuo].” Qinxue huicui 琴學薈萃 1, 329-341, edited by Geng Huiling. Ji’nan: Qilu shushe.
2010
Jieshidiao Youlan yu Qinyong zhifa hejuanshuo bianzheng 《碣石調幽蘭》與《琴用指法》合卷說辨正 [A Tale of Two Scrolls: Manuscript Tōkyō, Tōkyō Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan TB1393 and Manuscript Hikone, Hikone-jō Hakubutsukan V633].” Qinxue lunji 琴學論集, 15-30 and colour plates 1-6, edited by Lau Chor-wah. Hong Kong: Cosmos Books.
2016
“Typological Analysis of the Chinese Qin in the Late Bronze Age.” The Galpin Society Journal 69: 137-151.
2016
“Wan Tang Chen Zhuo Qinji de zhengli fangfa yu jiegou neihan 晚唐陳拙《琴籍》的整理方法與結構內涵 [Structure as Meaning: Chen Zhuo’s Ninth-Century Treatise on Qin Music].” Journal of Oriental Studies 48/2: 1-18.
2016
“The Qin Excavated in Warring States Period Sites.” Studien zur Musikarchäologie 10: 115-123.
2015
Jindou: A Musical Form Found in Southern Song Lyric Songs.” T'oung Pao: International Journal of Chinese Studies 101/1-3: 98-129.
2015
“Reformulating Jiang Kui’s Lyric Oeuvre: The Canonization of Southern Song Dynasty Song Lyrics in the Qing Dynasty.” Journal of the American Oriental Society 135/4: 709-732.
2015
“Finding the Key: Tuning Keys Discovered from the Imperial Collection of Emperor Huizong.” Music in Art: International Journal for Music Iconography 40/1: 275-284.
2015
Taotie, Dragon, Phoenix, and Farmer: A Highly Decorated Qin Excavated from Jiuliandun.” Early China 38: 129-150.
2015
Yongle qinshu jicheng xieben zhenwei de kaocha 《永樂琴書集成》寫本真偽的考察 [A Study of the Authenticity of the Manuscript A Grand Compendium of Qin Literature assembled by the Yongle Emperor].” Palace Museum Journal 故宮博物院院刊 177: 81-91.
2015
“Qinjia Ye Shimeng nianpu 琴家葉詩夢年譜 [A Chronological Biography of the Qin Master Ye Shimeng].” Musicology in China 中國音樂學 119: 35-46.
2014
“A Tale of Two Manuscripts: The Making and Origins of the Earliest Scrolls of Qin Music.” Acta Musicologica 86/1: 32-73.
2014
“The Subdivided Qin.” Studien zur Musikarchäologie 9: 117-128.
2012
“Inventing the Fuxi Style of Qin.” Studien zur Musikarchäologie 8: 195-206.
2009
“Tan Geng Zhaozhong yu An Qi de liang fang Zhenmi yin 談耿昭忠與安岐的兩方珍祕印 [On two Similar Seals owned by Geng Zhaozhong and An Qi].” Palace Museum Journal 故宮博物院院刊 141: 60-63.
2009
“Wan Tang Chen Kangshi Qinxue de pianchu lingjian 晚唐陳康士琴學的片楮零縑 [On Chen Kangshi’s Ninth Century Treatise on Qin Music].” Sino-humanitas 人文中國學報 15: 397-407.
2009
“2004-05 Xuenian Xianggang yinyuexue yanjiu yu chengguo mulu 2004-05 學年香港音樂學研究與成果目錄 [Hong Kong Musicological Research and Scholarship 2004-05].” Chinese Annals of Music 中國音樂年鑒 25: 302-319.
2009
“Wang Mengshu Wusilan zhifashi de jiaokanxue 汪孟舒《烏絲欄指法釋》的校勘學 [Textual Criticism in Wang Mengshu’s Wushilan zhifashi].” Musicology in China 中國音樂學 97: 51-54, and 70.
2009
“2005-06 Xuenian Xianggang yinyuexue yanjiu yu chengguo mulu 2005-06 學年香港音樂學研究與成果目錄 [Hong Kong Musicological Research and Scholarship 2005-06].” Chinese Annals of Music 中國音樂年鑒 26: 407-418.
2008
“Pulinsidun daxue yishu bowuguan cang Xingrang tie liuchuan kaolüe 普林斯頓大學藝術博物館藏《行穰帖》流傳考略 [A Tang Dynasty Tracing Copy of Wang Xizhi’s Calligraphy Ritual to Pray for Good Harvest kept in the Princeton University Art Museum: a Study of its Provenance].” Palace Museum Journal 故宮博物院院刊 135: 6-23.
2008
“Tangdai Chen Zhuo Qinji canzhi de lici 唐代陳拙《琴籍》殘帙的釐次 [Reconstructing the Textual Sequence of Chen Zhuo’s Treatise on Qin Music].” Huaxue 華學 9 & 10: 1770-1787.
2008
“2003-04 Xuenian Xianggang yinyuexue yanjiu yu chengguo mulu 2003-04 學年香港音樂學研究與成果目錄 [Hong Kong Musicological Research and Scholarship 2003-04].” Chinese Annals of Music 中國音樂年鑒 24: 340-362.
2007
“Scribal Practice within the Earliest Scroll of Qin Treatises: Manuscript Hikone, Hikone-jō Hakubutsukan V633.” Ongakugaku (Journal of the Musicological Society of Japan) 53/1: 69-85.
2001
Wuzhizhai qinpu de banben yu Zhuang Zhou mengdie yipu 《五知齋琴譜》的版本與《莊周夢蝶》逸譜 [Historical Editions of a Qin Music Anthology compiled in 1722].” Music Research 音樂研究 103: 60-63.
2015
Book review of Writings on the Theory of Kun Qu Singing, translated and complied by Koo Siu-sun and Diana Yue. CHIME 20: 158-159.
2014
Book review of A Critical History of New Music in China, by Liu Ching-chih, Fontes artis musicae 61/4: 421-423.

Courses Offered 2018/19

MUSI1004  Introduction to musics of the world

MUSI3034  The qin

(on sabbatical in the second semester)