Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra - Movie Themes of the 40s

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Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra / Wing-Sie Yip

The 1940s were probably the most tumultuous decade in Shanghai's history. The cosmopolitan Far Eastern metropolis started the decade under foreign control, divided between the areas occupied by the Japanese at the start of the Sino-Japanese War in 1937, and the International Settlement and French Concession districts which remained bits of Paris and London on Chinese soil. Thus, the "Hollywood of the East", as Shanghai was dubbed due to its flourishing movie and recording industries, was fertile ground for cross cultural exchanges, and not surprisingly there is a strong Western influence in the Chinese popular songs of this era. The trends prevalent in America, particularly swing and Latin, are picked up in the city's music, and while there are still some echoes of traditional folk melodies, the interpretation of these tunes more often than not eschews Chinese instruments for jazzy orchestrations. After all, it was Hollywood imports which dominated the Shanghai box office, with musicals a definite favourite with Chinese audiences. Chinese studios also produced their share of musicals - virtually every film, whether drama, comedy or tragedy, had at least one song, and most hit records of the decade were introduced in the movies.

In December 1941, the Japanese entered the foreign concessions and new American records and movies ceased to be imported to Shanghai. Despite the hardships of war, this proved a unique opportunity to Chinese musicians and filmmakers who were no longer saddled with American competition. After the Japanese were defeated in August 1945, the Shanghai film industry was in a shambles and it was over a year before movies were produced there again. In the meantime, a large contingent of Shanghai directors and stars went to Hong Kong where Mandarin-dialogue movies resumed production at the end of 1945. Once again, virtually every movie had at least one song, but the music was still recorded in Shanghai where musicians and technical facilities remained superior to Hong Kong.

The taking over of Shanghai by the communists in May 1949, and the new regime's antipathy towards Western-influenced popular songs, was soon to put an end to the musical trends prevalent in movie music of the 1940s and to start a new chapter in Chinese movie themes.

Artikelnummer 8225836
Streckkod 0636943583623
Utgivningsdatum 2016-03-11
Kategori Filmmusik
Skivbolag Marco Polo
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
Artister Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Dirigenter Yip, Wing-Sie
Disk: 1
1 Spy Net 626: Hypocrite Yip, Wing-Sie Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
2 Song of the Songstress: Main Title Song
3 The New Camille: Heaven on Earth
4 Spring Rivals: Main Title Song
5 Orioles in the Willows: Listen to Me!
6 Orioles in the Flowers: Main Title Song
7 Honoured Throughout the Ages: The Candy Seller
8 Four Beauties: I'm Calling You
9 Orioles in the Willows: If I Don't Have You
10 Longing: Shanghai Nights
11 The Pink Bombshell: A Night of Red Lamps and Green
12 Waste Not Our Youth: The Little Nuptial Chamber
13 Flames of Love: Main Title Song
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